W: John Michael Hayes [based on the novel by Jack Trevor
DP: Robert Burks
Ed: Alma McCrorie
Mus: Bernard Herrmann
Edmund Gwenn (Capt. Albert Wiles), John Forsythe (Sam
Marlowe), Shirley MacLaine (Jennifer Rogers), Mildred Natwick (Ivy Gravely), Mildred Dunnock (Mrs. Wiggs), Jerry Mathers (Arnie Rogers)
Alfred Hitchcock turns his hand to black comedy for this
shaggy dog story / murder mystery, a corpse providing the McGuffin as various characters discover it and can't decide between themselves the best course of action concerning the dead body and
each of them being potentially responsible for a murder as their secrets unfurl.
small film for Hitchcock, who used a lesser known cast as an experiment to see if a film could be successful without a big name on the bill (the answer was moderately).
It's a fun film for its age, but it could have been quite
awful if it wasn't for the Master Of Suspense at the helm.