Murder!

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Alfred Hitchcock's second all-talkie thriller, Murder! 1930 stars Herbert Marshall as pompous actor-manager Sir John Menier, a send-up of George DuMaurier. Summoned for jury duty, Sir John is one of 12 people who must decide the fate of Diana Baring Norah Baring, a young actress on trial for murder. Though the girl is found guilty, Sir John believes that she's innocent and sets about to prove it on his own, exercising his actor's prerogative of adopting clever disguises in the course of his investigation. Along ...
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Alfred Hitchcock's second all-talkie thriller, Murder! 1930 stars Herbert Marshall as pompous actor-manager Sir John Menier, a send-up of George DuMaurier. Summoned for jury duty, Sir John is one of 12 people who must decide the fate of Diana Baring Norah Baring, a young actress on trial for murder. Though the girl is found guilty, Sir John believes that she's innocent and sets about to prove it on his own, exercising his actor's prerogative of adopting clever disguises in the course of his investigation. Along the way, he is obliged to entertain a pair of lower-class clods, Ted and Dulcie Markham Edward Chapman and Phyllis Konstam, who help him stage an elaborate re-enactment of the crime. Based on Enter Sir John, a novel and play by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson, Murder was simultaneously filmed in a German version, with Alfred Abel replacing Herbert Marshall.
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Special Features

Biographies; Filmographies; Photo gallery; Interactive menus; Jump to scene; Dolby sound; PC/MAC compatible
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There is little mystery as to the identity of the killer is in this early thriller from Alfred Hitchcock, but the master still delivers enough to make the film a worthwhile viewing. Based on the play Enter Sir John by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson and adapted for the screen by Hitchcock and Walter Mycroft, Murder! is really just a standard-issue mystery at its core. However, the director's touches and good performances add enough to the film to make it stand slightly above average. The film is broken into four sections: the murder, the trial, the investigation, and the cat-and-mouse game used to flush out the real killer. The first three parts are routine and slow, but the finale is suspenseful in trademark Hitchcock fashion. It is topped off by a shocking conclusion that the director pulls off in grand style. Herbert Marshall toplines the picture as a tormented gentleman whose guilt over helping put a young lady in the gallows prompts him to find the real culprit in the murder case for which she was convicted. Marshall hasn't got the charisma of a Cary Grant or a James Stewart, but he does a solid job playing a man whose anguish hides his feelings for the girl. Esme Percy plays the dour villain with a sullen style that seems best explained by his behavior in the conclusion. Norah Baring is very good as the death-row babe although Hitchcock may have erred by keeping the character out of the picture until more than halfway through. Some of the recognizable Hitchcock elements that turn up in Murder! include his usual amusing array of primitive psychobabble and a great shot in the opening murder sequence in which the camera pans over and slowly reveals the reactions of the witnesses, the stunned prime suspect, and finally the murder weapon and the victim. A German version titled Mary was filmed simultaneously on the same sets. Hitchcock can be seen nearly halfway through the film walking in front of the victim's complex.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 798622309525
  • Original Release: 1930
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  • Source: Westlake Budget
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Herbert Marshall Sir John Menier
Norah Baring Diana Baring
Phyllis Konstam Dulcie Markham
Edward Chapman Ted Markham
R.E. Jeffrey Foreman of the Jury
Miles Mander Gordon Druce
Donald Calthrop Ion Stewart
Esme Percy HandelFane
Gus McNaughton Tom Trewitt
William Fazan
Esme V. Chaplin Prosecuting Counsel
Amy Brandon Thomas Defending Counsel
Joynson Powell Judge
S.J. Warmington Bennett
Marie Wright Miss Mitcham
Hannah Jones Mrs. Didsome
Una O'Connor Mrs. Grogram
Kenneth Kove Matthews, Jury Member
Violet Farebrother Mrs. Ward, Jury Member
Clare Greet Jury Member
Drusilla Wills Jury Member
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director, Screenwriter
Jack Cox Cinematographer
Clemence Dane Original Story
Emile de Ruelle Editor
Rene Harrison Editor
John Maxwell Producer
John Mead Art Director
Frank Mills Asst. Director
Walter Mycroft Screenwriter
Alma Reville Screenwriter
John Reynders Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:14]
2. Chapter 2 [2:14]
3. Chapter 3 [2:15]
4. Chapter 4 [2:04]
5. Chapter 5 [1:13]
6. Chapter 6 [4:28]
7. Chapter 7 [3:26]
8. Chapter 8 [3:01]
9. Chapter 9 [9:54]
10. Chapter 10 [8:19]
11. Chapter 11 [16:52]
12. Chapter 12 [16:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Extras
      Biographies
         Alfred Hitchcock
         Herbert Marshall
         Edward Chapman
      Filmographies
         Alfred Hitchcock
         Herbert Marshall
         Edward Chapman
      Photo Gallery
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