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My Year with Hitch
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BONUS: 'The Phantom Fiend' [1932]
Source: Amazon Prime Video - streaming

Not a Hitchcock film, but a talkie remake with Ivor Norvello reprising his original role. The plot is more or less the same, with the main changes relating to the characters and the ending. With sound added to the film, the lodger is now a musician, allowing Norvello to showcase his piano skills, and the woman who falls for him is a telephone operator. Instead of killing blondes on a Tuesday, the Avenger now seeks out women in phone boxes (no prizes for guessing which character hears the final screams of one of his victims in the course of her job). The jilted beau is no longer a police officer, but a sleazy journalist, and it's easy to see why the plucky Daisy spurns him in favor of the musically gifted lodger. Norvello is much less creepy here, although is still looked on with suspicion for being foreign (cue casual 1930s xenophobia - "Get back to your own country!", etc.)

The film plods along, aping the original mostly, adding an inquest scene to allow a psychiatric expert to suggest that the killer is an escaped Eastern European lunatic (wait! Don't we know someone who recently just turned up who speaks funny..?) The lodger is turned in to the police by the jovial landlord here, but again escapes in handcuffs. Instead of being on the run with plucky Daisy, as Hitchcock had devised, he is solo in this version, and his inability to properly handle his drink in the pub (Daisy helps him in the original) leads to the torches and pitchforks mob as before.

The ending is abrupt, and I was only half-aware of what was going on, but it's still happy albeit changed, giving Norvello more of a role in the climax. Part of the reason for my confusion is that the sound on this film is terrible. It's like listening to the actors reciting their lines in a wind tunnel. The picture was passable - no restoration, of course - but, with more outdoor scenes than Hitchcock's, it was difficult at times to make out who was who in the darkness. Perhaps that was the point, but after struggling through trying to hear the lines, by the end I didn't care.

If I have the energy, I'll try and watch the 1944 version tonight and, god help me, the 2009 version tomorrow.
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My Year with Hitch - by Garp - 12-13-2017, 05:41 PM
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