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Number 17 (1932)

Number Seventeen (original title)
A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (as J. Jefferson Farjeon), Joseph Jefferson Farjeon (play) (as J. Jefferson Farjeon) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leon M. Lion ... Ben
Anne Grey ... Nora Brant - the Girl
John Stuart ... Barton - the Detective
Donald Calthrop ... Brant - Nora's Escort
Barry Jones ... Henry Doyle
Ann Casson ... Rose Ackroyd
Henry Caine Henry Caine ... Mr. Ackroyd
Garry Marsh ... Sheldrake
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Storyline

Detective Gilbert is searching for a necklace robbed by a gang of thieves. In the beginning, the gang is in a house in London, then they are running away from police. It will not be easy for the detective to recover the jewel. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1932 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Number 17 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The locomotive involved in the chase was LNER (London North Eastern Railway) no. 2547, the "Doncaster", an A1 class locomotive built in 1924. It continued in service into 1963, by which time LNER had become part of British Railways and its number had been changed to 60048. See more »

Goofs

Barton and Nora's hands are tied to the railing behind them, but after they fall backwards through it they're hanging with their hands in front of them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben: Oh! Oh, Gawd! Oh, Gawd! Oh, Gawd! Oh!
Fordyce/Barton: How do you feel? Now, where's that candle? Here, have some of this.
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Connections

Spoofed in A City of Shoulders and Noses See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Need a Television
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Shalson
Lyrics by John Malvern
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Hitchcock's early movie from British period with thrilling ending chase in scale models
30 June 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture deals with a deserted house in London as scenario where we find a suspecting hobo (Leon Lion , film producer and he played similar role at stage) , a young girl called Nora (Grey), a detective and a gang of thieves involving the robbery of a necklace . This early British film (shot before ¨39 steps¨) contains humor , tension , action with superb ending pursuit and results to be quite entertaining . It's a comical thriller with parody elements and suspense appears threatening and lurking in every stairs , corridor , hallway and rooms . The movie gets a Germanic expressionist atmosphere in lights and shades creating dark scenarios . Runtime is short-time for that reason is quickly seen ; one hour , approximately . As the famous interview Truffaut-Hitchcock , he said this film was a disaster , he contracted several cats for shooting scenes at home but they wander and was impossible to control them for its numerous proprietaries . The film has various Hitchcock touches as well as the ¨McGuffin¨ , this time seem to be the robbed necklace ; furthermore , the overlong and exciting chase sequence of a train and a bus realized with a maquettes and miniatures . Thirty four years later , Hitchcock will repeat bus pursuit in ¨Torn curtain¨ . His screenwriter Alma Reville ,Hitchcock's wife , wrote a confusing and no well developed screenplay . The following Hitchcock film would be his first great success :¨The man who knew too much¨.


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