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Creaky, formative Hitchcock concerns the director's No. 1 cinematic preoccupation: guilt and innocence. A juror (Herbert Marshall) who helped convict a young actress (Norah Baring) of murder has second thoughts and sets out to find the real culprit, The story unfolds in basic '30s whodunit fashion. What's important are the glimpses of Hitch's emerging style: the shadow of a noose on a prison wall, a circus suicide.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It remains a crucial insight into the development of one of the cinema's greatest artists, and so, essential viewing."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An intelligent, well-acted and thoroughly entertaining motion picture in the routine pattern of mystery thrillers."
‑ , New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Master Hitchcock directs an early masterpiece."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Well photographed and mounted, it contains all the gadgets of the pet Alfred Hitchcock technique, from quick cutting to skillful dialog blending."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Hitchcock's splendidly self-reflexive mystery"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An atypical Hitchcock film which depends on the element of surprise rather than his usual building of suspense."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The denouement of the intriguing plot is pretty distasteful by today's standards."
‑ , Film4
"Perhaps the most provocative of all early British Hitchcocks."
‑ , Time Out
"Odd early Hitchcock has some creative camera work and visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's enjoyable on its own terms, but is a far cry from Hitch's better films."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Early Hitchcock talkie still holds the interest"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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