Its Alfred Hitchcock movies, need I say any more?
6. Murder! (1930)
Based on a novel and play called Enter Sir John by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson, Hitchcock co-wrote the script with his wife, Alma Reville and Walter C. Mycroft. ‘Murder!’ was Hitchcock’s third all-talkie film (the first two being Blackmail and Juno and the Paycock). The lead actors were Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring and Edward Chapman.
‘Murder!’ is a fairly engrossing film, where as pompous actor-manager Sir John Menier, played by Marshall tries to save the damsel in distress. The damsel is Diana Baring, played by Baring, who is a young actress and is accused of murder. Menier is one of 12 juror who decides that she was guilty but upon second thought, starts investigating on his own while Diana waits execution. During the course of his investigations he stages an elaborate re-enactment of the crime.
5. Sabotage (1936)
‘Sabotage’ also released as The Woman Alone is loosely based on the eminent author Joseph Conrad‘s novel The Secret Agent. The movie stars Sylvia Sidney and Oskar Homolka in lead roles.
Suddenly one day London loses all of its electricity and is plunged into darkness. What follows next is chaos, utter chaos in darkness. At the cinema, people clamour for payment-return. But as suddenly as the lights went off, it came on again. Upon investigation it was discovered that somebody had put sand in the boilers in an attempt to sabotage on London’s electricity grid. Unknown to Londoners, there is a larger game at play. A certain agent is trying to use a time bomb to blow up the city.
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4. Secret Agent (1936)
Don’t confuse it with ‘Sabotage’, which was based on Joseph Conrad’s novel ‘Secret Agent’. Both got released in the same year. ‘Secret Agent’ is loosely based on two stories from W. Somerset Maugham’s collection of short stories Ashenden: Or the British Agent. This amazing thriller starring, John Gielgud & Peter Lorre, was voted as the 5ht best British film of 1936.
The film deals with the typical themes found in Hitchcock’s films – murder and mistaken identity. Set during World War I, three agents are sent to assassinate a German spy. But when they locate the spies in a train they start having conflict with their conscience.
3. The 39 Steps (1935)
It’s loosely based on John Buchan’s adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps published in1915. It’s a popular novel and there are as many as four major film adaptations of the novel and Hitchcock’s version is the most acclaimed one. More importantly, the British Film Institute ranked ‘The 39 Steps’ as 4th best British film of the 20th century in 1999.
Starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll, the film is about a man to help a agent stop a group called The 39 Steps from stealing top-secret information. But while doing so, the agent is murdered and the man stands accused of the murder. Thus he goes on run with an attractive woman tagging along, while he tries to save himself and bust the evil spy ring.
2. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
It’s a silent Hitchcock film Based on a story by Marie Belloc Lowndes and a play named Who Is He? Which is co-written by Belloc Lowndes.
Starring Arthur Chesney, Marie Ault, Malcolm Keen, June Tripp, and Ivor Novello, the film revolves around a lodger whose quiet and humble manner is appreciated by the landlord and landlady. But soon his mysterious manners raise eye brow. Daisy, the landlord daughter on the other hand is least concerned and finds the lodger attractive, giving rise to jealousy of her police-detective boyfriend who attempts to find out who the lodger actually is.
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1. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
This comic-thriller is based on the novel named The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White published in 1936. Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas and Dame May Whitty, ‘The Lady Vanishes’ was Alfred Hitchcock’s penultimate film made in UK before he moved to Hollywood. Today, the films considered one of the best British films and was remade in 1979, also adapted into a television film in 2013.
The interesting story revolves around a young English girl, Iris who during her journey through Europe befriends a certain elderly woman named Miss Froy who mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Even the fellow travellers begin denying her existence.