1932, Rialto Pictures, 63 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

This adaptation of J. Jefferson Farjeon’s hit West End play mixes suspense and farce as a group of people converge on the old dark house at the titular address, hoping to lay hands on a priceless diamond necklace (one of Hitchcock’s earliest “MacGuffins”). But no one is quite who they appear to be, and this rarely screened film will keep audiences guessing right up to the exciting finale on a runaway train. Starring Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey and John Stuart.

1936, Park Circus, 76 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

In this adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (released in America as THE WOMAN ALONE), Scotland Yard investigator John Loder circles around movie theater owner Oskar Homolka and his wife, Sylvia Sidney, while trying to break up a terrorist network. Watch as the famous Hitchcock quote, about how a ticking bomb can distinguish between suspense and surprise, plays out on the streets of London.

1952, Warner Bros., 71 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

This film always receives its share of votes as one of the finest noirs ever made - and the spiciest of its many ingredients is the unforgettable Marie Windsor. She and co-star Charles McGraw trade priceless purple putdowns as he ferries her across the rails from Chicago to L.A., where she’s scheduled to testify in a racket-busting trial. Plenty of switchbacks along the way, rendered with maximum punch and pace by director Richard Fleischer and producer Stanley Rubin.

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