PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.
With Hume Cronyn, Alfred Hitchcock made a very different Rupert Cadell for the film. In the play Cadell is only 29 years old. Rupert Cadell in the play had an affair with one of his students. Rupert Cadell is the teacher of only Wyndham Brandon (Brandon Shaw in the film) and ... ...
Before Brandon opens the curtains on the long windows before the party no traffic noise can be heard. After opening the curtains, and without opening the windows, street noise can clearly be heard.
In the end credits, the first credit is for the character of David Kentley who is only seen for a couple of seconds and has no spoken lines. Most of the other characters are listed with a descriptive phrase showing their relationship to David Kentley, or relationship among each other, just above the credit line(s) listing the character name and actor. The description and character name pairings are as follows: His friends - Brandon, Phillip; Their housekeeper - Mrs. Wilson; David's rival - Kenneth; David's girl - Janet; His father - Mr. Kentley; His aunt - Mrs. Atwater. The last character listed, Rubert Cadell, is the only one besides David Kentley without such a descriptive phrase. Also, David Kentley and Rupert Cadell are the only characters listed with both first and last names.
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