I first bought a VHS copy of this movie in 1986 and it took me 30 years to get around to watching it. It’s a very early Alfred Hitchcock film and I think it was because I didn’t like his 1950s remake with Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day. This one was a winner.
It’s very British— and by that I mean everyone keeps a stiff upper lip, there are manners a-plenty— your daughter’s been kidnapped and you’ve broken in to where the bad guys are holding her and you interrupt the tense negotiations because it’s time for tea (tea is Un-American by the way— more in a later post) and then after you pull a gun and shoot the guy in the stomach you apologize for it.
If you can get past all that this is a tense little thriller with some great characters in it.
The Blu Ray from Criterion is the only way to watch it. This movie has fallen into the public domain which means a lot of companies release very watery prints which makes it hard to watch. Go with Criterion.