Alfred Hitchcock only took on this version of Frederick Knott’s play to fulfil his Warner Brothers contract. Such was his lack of interest in the project that he claimed he could have phoned in his direction and that the action wouldn’t have been any less interesting if he had staged it in a phone box . . .
It’s true to say that many of the set pieces literally fall flat, because they were originally composed for presentation in 3D, but as playboy Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) plots to bump off unfaithful wife Margot (Grace Kelly) there are plenty of deft touches.
Chief Inspector Hubbard