A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.
While holidaying in Switzerland, Lawrence and his wife Jill are asked by a dying friend, Louis Bernard, to get information hidden in his room to the British Consulate. They get the information, but when they deny having it, their daughter Betty is kidnapped. It turns out that Louis was a Foreign Office spy and the information has to do with the assassination of a foreign dignitary. Having managed to trace his daughter's kidnappers back to London, Lawrence learns that the assassination will take place during a concert at the Albert Hall. It is left to Jill, however, to stop the assassination.Written by
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Mystery and tension in the first international hit of the suspense magician
The tale deals with a marriage (Leslie Banks and Edna Best) and daughter (Nova Pilbeam) on holiday in Saint Moritz , Switzerland . They are witnesses for the assassination of their friend Louis (Pierre Fresnay) , before giving up them a message and they become involved a confuse and obscure international plot concerning their abducting daughter .
The movie gets the seed in which posteriorly emerged many Hitchcock's suspense pictures and has a typical theme of the master : innocent people becomes caught up into a cobweb of intrigue . The film has interesting issues and a good cast , as an excellent Peter Lorre in his first English role , he interprets a clever and uncanny villain . However , the argument isn't narrated in agility and seems forced . The film highlights are : the happenings at the Royal Albert Hall of London , the rescue of the kidnapped daughter in the Tabernacle of the Sun and the final showdown remembers to authentic events on riots in Sidney Street , in the year 1911 , where numerous citizens died . The time public liked it and obtained smash-hit . Hitchcock's remade in 1956 is considered much better and with more lavish setting and glimmer color , besides starred by James Stewart and Doris Day singing : Que sera , sera . Rated : Good but dated .
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