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Theatrical Poster
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by John Maxwell
Screenplay by Alfred Hitchcock
Walter Mycroft
Alma Reville
Based on Enter Sir John by
Clemence Dane
Helen Simpson
Starring Herbert Marshall
Norah Baring
Music by John Reynders
(musical director)
Cinematography J. J. Cox
Edited by Rene Marrison
under the supervision of Emile de Ruelle
Distributed by British International Pictures Inc. (US)
Wardour Films (UK)
Release date
31 July 1930
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Murder! is a 1930 British drama film co-written and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring and Edward Chapman. Written by Hitchcock, his wife Alma Reville and Walter C. Mycroft, 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 to be 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 in 2007.

In 1930, Diana Baring (Norah Baring), a young actress in a travelling theatre troupe, is found in a daze with blood on her clothes, standing by the murdered body of another young actress, Edna Druce. The poker used to commit the murder was at Diana's feet, but she has no memory of what happened during the minutes the crime was committed. The two young women were thought to have been rivals, and the police arrest her. Diana withholds some important information deliberately, to protect something about the identity of a man that she will not name.

At her trial most of the jury are certain she is guilty. One or two feel that she may have a severe mental illness which meant that she really did have no memory of killing the other woman, but they are convinced that she should still be hanged lest she strike again. One juror, Sir John Menier (Herbert Marshall), a celebrated actor-manager, seems sure she must be innocent, but is brow-beaten into voting "guilty" along with the rest of the jury. Diana is imprisoned, and awaiting hanging.

  • Alfred Hitchcock as man, with a female companion,
    walking along the street, while Edward Chapman
    is speaking to Herbert Marshall
    and Phyllis Konstam [uncredited]
  • Gus McNaughton as Tom Trewitt [uncredited]
  • Chandler, Charlotte. It's only a movie: Alfred Hitchcock¬†: a personal biography. First Applause, 2006.
  • Yacowar, Maurice. Hitchcock's British Films. Wayne State University Press, 2010.


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