I was worried that Hitchcock’s last early British film might see him going it out with a whimper
It has a fabulous cast:
- Maureen O’Hara is beautiful and has some fire
- Charles Laughton can be relied upon to achieve what no other actor has - being effortlessly brilliant in ridiculously over-the-top, hammy roles (there’s a fine line between a Laughton and a Blessed!)
- Leslie Banks is wonderfully villainous and surprisingly effective in his grubbiness
- and even Robert Newton has some charm although he’s no Donat or Redgrave (and to be fair the role isn’t written with the charm of a Richard Hannay or Gilbert).
The story is a great one, although it feels a bit rushed in places that makes some of the character’s actions seem a bit odd, and the sets and models are nicely convincing - the wreck model sequences are tense and exciting and the murderous wreckers are brilliantly evil.
If anything’s lacking it’s probably Hitch - this is a standard above-average British film of the 30’s - it doesn’t have any flashes that set it any higher.
It’s a great film - but only an average Hitch.
- Watched: 2019-05-01
- Source: DVD
- Rating: 7/10