There was a cold gush over No Room at the Inn (1948). Doesn't totally connect with me, but there was a mood I couldn't escape.
After showing a lot of promise with a brief but memorable exchange with Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), it was clear with Trouble Preferred (1948) that Peggy Knudsen's movie career wasn't taking off. Pretty much a nothing film. There is some crime in there somewhere, but it's mostly there to laugh at women in the police force. And Marcia Mae Jones turns-up in a small role. After having a abortion in Street Corner (1948), her main purpose here…
"Cricket, sir. Cricket!"
This is one of the funnier Alfred Hitchcock films and up there with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and The 39 Steps (1935) as Hitchcock's best British work of the 30s. The pacing so different. Taking it's time for a seemingly irrelevant opening portion other then to get to know some of the people and get entertained with slapstick and naughtiness before the suspense elements slowly starts taking over when the train start rolling. And…
I'm sorry. I know it's a cliché, but watching this film along with it's contemporary releases, Citizen Kane (1941) really DOES stick out unlike anything else at the time. The unique performances, lighting/shadows, claustrophobic sets, experimental filming, not to mention the narrative structure, blah, blah blah.... you all know this. Others can tell you a lot more about that.
The film has received so much praise that there is almost a backlash to it. I think people seeking it out…