Hitchcock’s second American movie is an up-to-the-minute, brilliantly designed (Wm Cameron Menzies) international espionage thriller, a prototype for his subsequent Hollywood career. Full of memorable setpieces and sporting a snappy script by Charles Bennett, Joan Harrison, James Hilton and Robert Benchley! Released days before the blitz of Britain, the final scene is stirring even today. Here’s Glenn Erickson on the new Criterion blu-ray restoration.
About Larry Cohen
The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders. His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels. Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular. He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up.