Alfred Hitchcock directs Maureen O’Hara, Charles Laughton and Robert Newton in this period thriller where an Irish orphan arrives into a Cornish village where the locals lure ships to their doom and plunder their cargo – based on a Daphne Du Maurier novel.
Beautiful Maureen O’Hara’s official debut. A fun if over powering lynchpin performance from Charles Laughton. There’s a couple of decent mid level set pieces… nothing of that unique Hitchcock calibre to make their way into the history books… yet more proficient than anything in your standard period adaptation of the era. If you relax your eyes this is much like the kinda movie Tarantino seems to relish making these days; an ensemble of characters who are presenting themselves differently / falsely to each other and then seeing how these lies play out when different combinations of players are thrown together unexpectedly. Y’know like Reservoir Dogs / Inglorious Basterds / The Hateful Eight only with a lot more top hats adorned with buckles. Fine.
Perfect Double Bill: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
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