The first, in many ways superior film version of Patrick Hamilton’s stage thriller about a man trying to drive his wife insane in his pursuit of a crime.
Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Robert Newton
UK 1940. 84min
The first, in many ways superior film version of Patrick Hamilton’s stage play, set in Victorian London, in which a man tries to drive his wife insane – she doesn’t know of his criminal past – as he searches the house for precious jewels of which she’s also unaware. Walbrook and Wynyard are both excellent, while Dickinson keeps the pacing taut and the atmosphere properly unsettling.