Director: Robert Siodmak

Cast: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith

USA 1946 | Black & White | 83 mins

Avaliable on: 35mm

Superb thriller about a manic killer dedicating himself to beauty by ridding the world of maimed or disfigured women. Hitchcock couldn't have bettered the casual mastery with which the opening defines not just time and place (small town, turn of the century) but the themes of voyeurism and entrapment as a carriage draws up outside a hotel, the townsfolk assemble inside for a silent picture show, and the camera lifts to a room above where a crippled girl is being watched by a malevolently glaring hidden eye as she undresses.

It's one of the undoubted masterpieces of the Gothic mode.

- Tom Milne, Time Out Film Guide