What movie-goer/movie-lover never heard of the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock? No one! This director is so iconic that he has been studied and copied for well over 90 years – and his style and craft of storytelling has influenced almost every horror, suspense, or dramatic movie released in the last 70 years. This week, MovieZoot.com features four movies that show Hitchcock’s refinement of his craft during his earlier years with Murder! from 1930, Number 17 from 1932, Secret Agent from 1936, and finally, The Man Who Knew Too Much from 1956 – one year after he became an American citizen.
Sit back and relax if you can as we present these mystery/dramas. We bet you will be on the edge of your seats!
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is a 1930 black & white British drama film co-written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring and Edward Chapman. It was only Hitchcock’s third all-talkie film, after Blackmail and Juno and the Paycock. Murder! tells the story of a juror that happens to be an actor, who tries to prove that an actress who was found holding the murder weapon is innocent.
is a black & white 1932 thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring John Stuart, Anne Grey and Leon M. Lion telling the story of a group of criminals who committed a jewel robbery and put their money in an old house over a railway leading to the English Channel. An outsider stumbles onto this plot and intervenes with the help of a neighbor – a police officer’s daughter.
is the black & white 1936 Alfred Hitchcock mystery thriller starring Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud and Robert Young (with a brief uncredited appearance by Michael Redgrave) telling the story of three British agents who are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during WWI. Two of the agents become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.
The Man Who Knew Too Much
is the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie and Bernard Herrmann telling the tale of a doctor and his family on vacation in Morocco when a chance encounter with a stranger sets their trip and their lives on a drastically different course with the murder of the stranger and the abduction of their son to insure the couple’s silence of their knowledge of the murder. They must figure out a way to get their son back without the help of the Moroccan police.