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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 9, 2015
- Originally Released: 1930
- Label: Reel Vault
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Herbert Marshall & Nora Baring|
|Performer:||Edward Chapman, Donald Calthrop, Esme Percy, Phyllis Konstam, Miles Mander, Hannah Jones & Una O'Connor|
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Edited by||Rene Harrison|
|Screenwriting by||Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Mycroft & Alma Reville|
|Original story by||Clemence Dane & Helen Simpson|
|Composition by||John Reynders|
|Produced by||John Maxwell|
|Director of Photography:||Jack Cox|
An intelligent, well-acted and thoroughly entertaining motion picture in the routine pattern of mystery thrillers. Full Review
New York Times
Well photographed and mounted, it contains all the gadgets of the pet Alfred Hitchcock technique, from quick cutting to skillful dialog blending. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- Hitchcock's tenth feature, a crime drama set in the theater, is one of his best British films, featuring Herbert Marshall in his first speaking part and a new kind of villain. Full Review
Odd early Hitchcock has some creative camera work and visual style. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Hitchcock's splendidly self-reflexive mystery Full Review
Perhaps the most provocative of all early British Hitchcocks. Full Review
Rating: 5/10 -- A strange civilian policier-cum-whodunit, Hitchcock seems bored by his material... Full Review
Nate Hood Reviews
Alfred Hitchcock's aptly named MURDER! is a British suspense-mystery about a jurist who believes in the innocence of a young woman accused of murder and sets out to prove his theory. Well photographed and characterized by quick cutting and sharp dialogue, MURDER is one of Hitchcock's rare whodunits. Based on a novel by Clemence Dane and sporting several references to HAMLET and an interior monologue, the film is a groundbreaking adaptation of a novel into an early talkie. It also features Herbert Marshall's first speaking part.
This early Alfred Hitchcock suspense-thriller features one of the filmmaker's favorite subjects--a wrongly accused murder suspect. Although famous actor Sir John (Herbert Marshall) believes young actress Diana Baring (Norah Baring) can't be responsible for murdering a young woman from her performing troupe, he votes guilty with his fellow jurors. However, his conscience forces him to become an amateur sleuth and set out to find the real killer. Sir John eventually figures out who actually murdered the woman, and he sets out to create a trap for the guilty party in the film's suspenseful climax. MURDER! was adapted from the novel ENTER SIR JOHN! By Clemence Dane.
This early Alfred Hitchcock suspense-thriller features one of the filmmaker's favorite subjects -- a wrongly-accused murder suspect.
Although Sir John believes young actress Diana Baring can't be responsible for murdering a young woman from her performing troupe, he votes guilty with his fellow jurors. However, his conscience forces him to become an amateur sleuth and set out to find the real killer.
Sir John eventually figures out who actually murdered the woman and he creates a trap for the guilty party in the film's suspenseful climax.
- Theatrical release: August 1930.
- Hitch onscreen: Hitchcock appears as a pedestrian passing along the street.
- To increase ticket sales in Europe, Hitchcock was asked to film a second version in Germany.
- Since "dubbing" of additional sound was not technically possible, one scene of Sir John thinking out loud was filmed with a live orchestra playing behind the mirror.