“Number 17” directed by Alfred Hitchcock / Z-View

Number 17 (1932)

Director:  Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Rodney Ackland based on Number Seventeen by Joseph Jefferson Farjeon

Stars: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart and Ann Casson.

Tagline: None.

The Plot…

A detective enters an old, dark house late one evening.  Clues from a diamond necklace robbery have led him there. Once inside the detective discovers a man who claims he’s homeless and was looking for shelter for the evening.  The two discover the body of a man who was recently murdered.  Suddenly a woman falls from above!  As they question her, two additional men and a woman enter the house.  Some, maybe eveand ryone is involved in the diamond necklace theft.  Expect twists and not all will survive to the end.

Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…

Alfred Hitchcock wasn’t a fan of Number 17.  It wasn’t a film that he wanted to make.  Number 17 was adapted from a stage play.  Although conceived as a comedy-thriller, the end result fell short of expectations.  Although Hitchcock considered it a “disaster” it’s not as bad as that.

Hitchcock has no cameo in this one.

Number 17 (1932) rates 3 of 5 stars.