- Wednesday 30th December 2020, 5:59am
- 17,965 posts
Had seen the famous bus/bomb scene recently in a doc. about Hitchcock, so was pleased to finally get to see the whole film.
Not his best by any means, but I expect he hadn't got into his full stride, and there was one very silly scene where the detective "accidentally" reveals himself to the fifth columnists, which was plain daft.
A number of faces with very brief appearances in their early careers, such as Peter Bull, Charles Hawtrey and Martita Hunt (all uncredited), and I missed Hitchcock's cameo appearance.
Young American Bette Davis look alike Sylvia Sidney was the main female lead and for a woman who had just discovered that her young son had been blown to pieces by the bomb showed little emotion, which seemed odd. Other leading parts were played by people I'd never heard of.
All considered though, it was a good film, but not as tense as some of those on the IMDb would have you believe.
Little bit of trivia - it said in the opening titles "By arrangement with and thanks to Walt Disney" and as the film was set part in a cinema, I thought that was the reason for that statement, and sure enough there was about 20 seconds of the 1935 cartoon "Who killed Cock Robin?" on the cinema screen. It gives the impression Disney let them have the clip for nowt, but I wonder how much that conglomerate would charge now?!?!