This is the earliest Hitchcock film I've seen where the full package that would come to define him as a filmmaker is on full display. Previous movies like the silent The Manxman and his early talkie Murder! showan abundance of his preoccupations, preferred shot selection and shooting style but here it all comes togeher, and it works pretty well. This isn't my favorite Hitch but I liked it a whole lot. Recommended.
The usual touch of great visual images add much to this Hitchcock classic as do it's great pace, intriguing story, beautiful heroine and the excellent villain played by Peter Lorre. The overlong climax and Leslie Banks' stiff hero make it lose a star though.
One of Hitch's first early masterstrokes. Lorre is superb here, as it, well, most of the cast. The key to this film which is sadly lacking in the remake is the delicate balance of witty comedic lines with tense dramatic situations. The remake seems bland in comparison, and I love Jimmy and Doris so thats tough to say. I would say even the concert scene is executed better here. The remake is too Hollywood. 4.5 stars
Peter Lorre gives one of the best performances of a villain, elevating a subpar script to an intriguing thriller. A character with more ethics than most modern-day protagonists and a truer swagger than Humphrey Bogart. If Hitch ever got lucky, it was here... "I hope so, for all our sakes."
Being largely unfamiliar with Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood films, this definitely whetted my appetite for more from this period of his career. And, to be honest, previous to watching this, my acquaintance with Peter Lorre mostly came from Warner Bros. cartoon caricatures. Seeing his performance here, then, was something of a revelation.