is a 1930 British drama film
directed by Alfred Hitchcock
and starring Herbert Marshall
, Norah Baring
and Edward Chapman
. It is based on a novel and play called Enter Sir John
by Clemence Dane
and Helen Simpson
. It was Hitchcock's third all-talkie
film, after Blackmail
and Juno and the Paycock
After being thought in the public domain
for decades, the film's rights were obtained by French
media company Canal+
in 2005. A restored and remastered print of the film was released on DVD
by Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Diana Baring, an actress in a traveling theatre troupe, is found standing over the body of a murdered colleague, and has no memory of what happened. The women were known to have been enemies, and the police arrest Diana. At her trial the jury decides that she is either guilty or has schizophrenia
and should be hanged lest she strike again. One juror, Sir John Menier, a celebrated actor-manager
, is not convinced and, using skills he has learned from the theatre, investigates the circumstances of the case. He enlists the help of Ted Markham and his wife and they re-examine the crime scene.
Sir John discovers who the real murderer is, and tries to lure a confession from him. The action comes to a thrilling climax at the circus.
The film was made by British International Pictures
. It was originally to be released under the same title as the novel Enter Sir John
but this was changed to the simpler Murder!
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