New York Film critic Leonard Maltin so describes this rather turgid and awkward looking period drama from the Master of Suspense. I, myself, thought that I'd seen, or at least known all of Hitch's movies and owning a good number, including his more obscure.
So, it looks like it's pretty well unavailable as a region 2, unless you've silly money to spare, the region 1 denying the majority. But, would it be worth it, anyway? (I saw it on Turner Classic Movies - TCM).
Set in Australia during Victorian era (1830s) we see Irish Charles Adare (Michael Wilding, sounding very 'proper' English) hoping for a new life with the help of his cousin, the new governor, played by the familiar Cecil Parker. He soon meets ex-con Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten), a powerful landowner who wants to expand but laws prevent him, so in order to appropriate the goodwill of Adare, an invitation to dinner is summonsed.
However, Flusky's Irish wife (Ingrid Bergman) is a flaky and very ill alcoholic, who, naturally causes a bit of scene. Adare, however, sees Henrietta's (Bergman) inner beauty and sees first hand the bad treatment that the housekeeper Millie garnishes on her, which Flusky definitely encourages.
As you can see, this is a sort of Rebecca, but a muddled one and to my eyes, only got going (and interesting) after Bergman arrives on the scene. Cotten and Wilding are OK, but really fairly ordinary but Bergman really carries her part with flourish and aplomb, despite its unflattering nature.
The Technicolor, shot by ace cinematographer Jack Cardiff, an undisputed master of the technique, is mostly blue, very blue - and lots of it, except for the odd brown that everybody appears. This may well be the print used and not typical but at time it looks unsettlingly odd.
I personally cannot say that my life has been enhanced enormously by knowing of and seeing another 'unknown' Hitchcock. It's OK, but generally no better than many other similar dramas of the time. There are little, if any, of Hitch's signature touches and it's only Ingrid Bergman's performance that take it above the ordinary.