A technically compelling Hitchcock film which, while made early in his career and rather crude, displays his genius at creating visual suspense. A lighthearted parody of the thriller, the film centers around a group of jewel thieves who hide out in an abandoned house near a railway.
Detective Gilbert Fordyce (Stuart) is trying to get the goods on a gang, and does so with help from a tramp (Lion) and the gang's moll (Grey). Although it was a studio assignment which Hitchcock did not initially want to direct, NUMBER SEVENTEEN is filled with foreshadowings of his future films--a
keen sense of humor, visually supplied suspense, and a love of miniature model special eff...