Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1930 • United Kingdom
Starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam
One of Alfred Hitchcock’s signature obsessions—the “wrong man” motif he would return to time and again—receives one of its earliest treatments in this innovative whodunit. After a young actress (Norah Baring) is sentenced to death for murder, one of the jurors (Herbert Marshall) remains unconvinced of her guilt, taking it upon himself to investigate the crime. The striking expressionist shadow play, potent themes of guilt and innocence, and circus-set climax make this early talkie (the director’s third) a key work in the development of his style.