shows some of the hitchcockean techniques (the dream sequence, the gun turning towards the camera, etc.) that would become more refined later in his catalogue (since he’s a british guy [yes, i know he moved to the us early on] i’ll use the british spelling). now i’m not a hitchcock lover or anything, but i have noticed a certain template in his films – the male/female pairing, the mystery that needs solving, the twisted ending, the camera tricks, and more. every film is different, but similar. at any rate, this film was a bit slow at the beginning (i think hitchcock fine tuned story-telling later on), but always intriguing and the second half of the film produced some real quality moments that made it all worth it.