Saturday, November 21, 2015
Lina is a shy and bookish woman from a well to do family who impulsively marries a cad, Johnny, a man known for womanizing and never holding any sort of employment. His sources of income are gambling, mooching, borrowing, and perhaps on occasion a little theft. It is not a match made in heaven, but to Johnny's credit, he does seem to love Lina and she is besotted with him. So much so that she allows him to install her in a house they cannot afford while he manages to get himself into a jam he really cannot get out of. Lina's suspicions grow, and Hitchcock's use of meaningful looks and long shot angles to convey the growing suspense are very much on display here. All's well that ends more or less well in this early Hitchcock tale.