Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller
After killing a man in self-defense, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.
The light levels in the British Museum were insufficient to allow Sir Alfred Hitchcock to film the final chase scene in it. Without informing Producer John Maxwell, Hitchcock used the Schufftan process (developed by German Cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan). This involved taking still photos of the interior of the museum, then reflecting the photos in a mirror with certain parts of the silvering of the mirror scraped away to allow people (entering a door, for example) to be filmed through the mirror so that they appeared to be present in the museum (in later years, American development of travelling matte and other process photography methods largely replaced the Shufftan process).
Det. Frank Webber:
Well, we finished earlier tonight than I expected.
When the artist is talking to the landlady, his walking stick is tucked under his arm. When he turns around, it is hanging on his forearm.
Originally filmed as a silent movie, running 75 minutes; Hitchcock later added newly shot scenes and had other existing footage dubbed to create a talkie version, running 86 minutes.
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