(half star) Truly terrible. Boring. A zero interest in anything going on. Man, I was clawing my eyes out. I just wanted someone to strangle someone else. That would have been satisfying. Damn. Bad acting. Bad direction. Bad settings. Just... bad. Hitchcock? Sheesh.
3.5 Sure, bad sound and lighting, but surprisingly poignant tale ten times better than any episode of "Downtown Abbey." And better costuming! Some shots here that become tropes in Hitchcock's later movies: the dramatic & quick push-ins on the closed doors lacked only the shrieking strings of a Bernard Herrmann score; the view from the manor ends one scene and starts the next via a quick dissolve to the auction flyer.