With Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, Phyllis Konstam, John Longden
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     Stagy and dull early talkie from Hitchcock about a battle between a family and a speculator over land ownership. When it's discovered that the speculator's wife was a former prostitute, the family blackmails him into keeping his hands off their land. A few good moments -- such as a well-paced auction scene that makes use of "zip" pans -- save this one from the bottom of the barrel, but otherwise it's just another studio-enforced film from Hitchcock's formative years.   - JL

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