Top positive review
on 21 June 2017
An early Hitchcock thriller made in 1940. It is set in 1939 in Europe. A US reporter is sent to Europe to by his newspaper to get a new angle on what is happening "over there". He is very naïve about what is going on in Europe and soon becomes romantically involved with Carol whose father heads an important Peace Organisation. In Holland he witnesses the assassination of a Dutch Diplomat and whilst on the trail of the killer becomes embroiled in the workings of an International Spy Ring. For such an early film it shows clearly the elements of uncertainty that pervaded the International Scene in the lead up to WW2 and how unprepared Britain was for forthcoming events. Hitchcock shows signs of his future greatness in a tight script, some superb cinematography and though the storyline is quite weak he produces a very pacey thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed.