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.