Murder

41R6QPRRLDL._SL500_AA240_Most probably won’t recognize this title at all. This film is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s very early movies, coming out in 1930. A murder has been committed and a woman has gone through trial and found guilty. Juror, Sir John Menier, not fully convinced of the verdict, takes it upon himself to investigate the mysteries that surround the murder.

The story is pretty good, but the movie moves very slow….I mean VERY slow. The Dialog is not real tight and at times seemed to have strangely long pauses between dialog. I have read that Hitchcock was experimenting with improvisational dialog, which accounts for the awkward pauses. Saying that this sound was very poorly mixed and different sound track seemed to be way out of whack isn’t fair, just because it is from 1930. But if you do watch it you will find yourself fighting  to get through parts of this film. At one point a conversation is happening and while pouring tea, the clanking and stirring of the tea is so load it is hard to hear the dialog. Another is a scene where a baby is crying during a key scene with revealing dialog, and the baby is…well…extremely loud. Loud to the point of being a form a birth control.

In my opinion, average movie fans can probably skip this one all together. Movie buffs and fans of Alfred Hitchcock will appreciate the certain aspects of the movie as it does reveal how Hitchcock grew from his early films. It is actually a decent story, if you can fight through the mentioned above.

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