All the cool kids know when a film hits peak Not For Me. This is like if someone threw Out 1 and the collected works of Chris Marker into a blender and pasted the result together into a film that was then projected on the side of a building and filmed again.
Too bad this isn't a very good film, because if TCM's print is any indication, it's badly in need of the sort of restoration a mediocre film is unlikely to get, regardless of its fine pedigree. Suffice to say, Hitchcock's second outing with Cotten and Cronyn (this time in the writer's chair) is not the success the first was. Hitchcock often seems to suffer in period pieces (Jamaica Inn is another sub-par example), and here all of the facade and…