Genre Guesstimation – Number Seventeen (1932)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Michael Eddy and it is Hitchcockian Films.

Hitchcock films by the master himself and the best “Hitchcock films” not directed by Hitchcock.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of January by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Mike!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Hitchcockian Films Movies.

“Ya don’t have to do nothin’ in this ‘ere house – ya stand still and things happen!” – Ben

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a heist, a group of thieves meet at a safe house but a clever detective figures out where they are meeting.

My Take on it – This is another terrible Hitchcock film from his early days.

The plot doesn’t work as well as it should and it seems more comical than a heist film really should.

None of the characters are at all very memorable and the choice to speed up some of the action scenes actually takes away from this much more than it helps.

The end sequence looks quite silly because it is quite easy to see that they use different models as the vehicles.  It was quite interesting to watch despite the fact that the use of models like this took so much away from the realistic feeling that was needed for it.

Bottom Line – Another terrible early Hitchcock film that just doesn’t work at all.  None of the characters are memorable and the way that Hitchcock speeds up some of the action looks funny instead of more realistic. The end sequence is interesting to watch yet it also looks pretty silly since they clearly use models for the vehicles so that also takes so much away from the realism of it all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Alfred Hitchcock did not want to make this film. He had wanted to direct a prestige production of John Van Druten’s play “London Wall,” but to punish Hitchcock for the financial failure of his previous film Rich and Strange (1931), British International Pictures head John Maxwell took him off “London Wall” and put him on this film instead. Hitchcock himself has referred to the film as “a terrible picture . . . very cheap melodrama”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. This came out way before Hitchcock hit his stride and this is among his worst films.

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Number Seventeen (1932)

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