MURDER!

(1930)
With Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, R.E. Jeffrey, Esme Percy, Miles Mander
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     This early Hitchcock talkie is a mostly ponderous affair, redeemed by a gripping climactic scene set in a circus and a surprise finale.  As with most of Hitchcock's films from the period, the best moments are visual, such as his use of the subjective camera during the opening murder sequence.  Other moments -- such as the lengthy internal monologues by Herbert Marshall as he stares into a mirror -- just don't cut it.  Hitch was still learning, even if he was an "A" student. ½ - JL

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