By Paul Duncan
Who used to be Hitchcock? A fats guy who performed functional jokes on humans? A keep an eye on freak who humiliated others to make himself glance greater? a bit boy terrified of the darkish? one of many maximum storytellers of the century? He was once all of those and extra - 20 years after his dying, he's nonetheless a loved ones identify; most folk within the Western international have visible his movie, and he popularised the motion motion picture structure we see a week at the cinema monitor.
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Miss Froy tries to remember the song being sung below her window, unaware that the serenader is strangled. As they board the train the next day, Iris is hit on the head by a falling flowerpot intended for Miss Froy. Dizzy, Iris is helped by Miss Froy, has tea with her and then falls asleep. When she wakes, Miss Froy is missing and no one remembers her (Caldicott doesn’t want Iris to stop the train because he’d miss the cricket match, an English 61 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 62 PAU L D U N C A N lawyer on an illicit romantic interlude doesn’t want to get involved).
Then the villain gets killed by accident in a train crash. What pathetic people they are. Visual Ideas: There’s a lovely transition of a car roaring off and the exhaust fumes dissolving into a sauna scene. The German spies use Swiss chocolate to pass on their messages, so they buy the bars, unwrap them and throw the chocolate into the dustbins. Later, there is even a chase in a chocolate factory. Audio Ideas: As the innocent man is about to die, his dog, miles away, senses something is about to happen and 52 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 53 HITCHCOCK whines uncontrollably, scratching on the door to get out, eventually howling when his master dies.
At every stage of the chase, Hannay is betrayed or trusted by everyone, depending upon their prejudices and assumptions, not on his word or appearance. A milkman doesn’t believe that a woman has been killed in Hannay’s apartment and spies are after him, but helps Hannay because he understands the idea of Hannay having an illicit affair and wanting to dodge the husband and brother. ”The crofter only takes Hannay in for money and, when the police come, turns him in for the reward. The man Hannay tracks down to prove his innocence turns out to be the villain, who promptly shoots Hannay.