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on 1 April 2005
How to be objective? I will start by saying that it blew me away when I first saw it years ago and even after repeated viewings there's never a dull moment.
It's my favorite Hitchcock and one of the greatest films ever made- what else would you expect!?
This film is 69 years old but still incredibly fresh.
From it's beginning in a music hall with the heckling of the 'Mr Memory' and subsequent fight: "Gentlemen, Gentlemen- you're not at home!" there's a procession of fine moments - scene after scene of sheer bliss.
Adapted from the frankly poor John Buchan novel (I read it specially) by Hitchcock favorite Charles Bennett (who wrote/adapted several other classics), it's funny, witty, clever, warm and spooky.
Robert Donat is the perfect gentleman when 'Annabella Smith' asks him to take her home with him.
Bad mistake! (though who can blame him?!) Real high drama ensues, a meeting with a comically charicatured milkman then the chase begins- this is from a time when a 'manhunt' was a REAL manhunt!
He gets to meet the sly John Laurie and the beautiful Peggy Ashcroft before a meeting with creepy Prof. Jordan.
There's great friction between Donat and Madeleine Carroll -lots of amusing one-liners, and the bit in the bedroom where Carroll takes his blanket is class.
Just read the other reviews too- it's not just me.....
The dvd is great quality and well presented- if you've not got this you know what you must do!
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