Combustible Celluloid
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With: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart, Donald Calthrop, Barry Jones, Ann Casson
Written by: Alma Reville, Alfred Hitchcock, Rodney Ackland, based on a play by Joseph Jefferson Farjeon
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 63
Date: 07/18/1932

Number Seventeen (1932)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Prime Confusion

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Alfred Hitchcock's Number Seventeen starts well, with Detective Barton (John Stuart) entering a creepy empty building at night to find that it's not empty. There's a dead body, and a man carrying a candle in the dark. The man claims not to have killed the other man, but rather simply found him there. Some more people show up, and then more people, and then... to be honest, I kind of lost the thread there. It's a confusing tale, but it's ultimately about a diamond necklace that everyone wants. It's a good-looking film, and runs a brisk 64 minutes, but it's really only recommended to Hitchcock completists. Kino Lorber's 2022 Blu-ray release offers a 4K restoration of the film, a commentary track by film historian and critic Peter Tonguette, an excerpt from Francois Truffaut's interviews with Hitchcock, a documentary, "Hitchcock: The Early Years," an introduction by Noel Simsolo, and a batch of trailers.

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