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The Camera LiesActing for Hitchcock$
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Dan Callahan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197515327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197515327.001.0001

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Rich and Strange, Number 17, Waltzes from Vienna

Rich and Strange, Number 17, Waltzes from Vienna

(p.44) 6 Rich and Strange, Number 17, Waltzes from Vienna
The Camera Lies

Dan Callahan

Oxford University Press

An in-depth consideration of one of Hitchcock’s best and most undervalued films, Rich and Strange, in which he draws unerringly precise, layered, and touching work from four actors: Henry Kendall and Joan Barry, who play a straying married couple on holiday; Percy Marmont, who plays a shy British major in love with Barry’s timid wife; and Elsie Randolph, who gives a performance as the outcast Miss Imbrie that is as terrifying as anything in Psycho or The Birds. Hitchcock was not happy with either the thriller Number 17 (1932) or the operetta Waltzes from Vienna (1933), where he found no common ground with musical star Jessie Matthews, but the first period of his successful sound thrillers soon followed.

Keywords:   Rich and Strange, Percy Marmont, Elsie Randolph, Joan Barry, Henry Kendall, Jessie Matthews

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