In his early American thriller, director Alfred Hitchcock (Rear Window, Pyscho) crosses the nation from California to New York as a wholly unappealling lead, Robert Cummings (Kings Row, Dial M For Murder) must prove his innocence of wartime sabotage.

Check the narrative against The 39 Steps and you will see an all too familiar storyline as Cummings hooks up with the suspecting Priscilla Lane (Arsenic & Old Lace, Four Daughters) to help him in his case. It’s all a somewhat turgid, unconvincing tale – surprising considering both Suspicion and Rebecca were the film’s immediate predecessors.

Rating: 46%


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