The director's first suspense thriller, with a classic Hitchcockian
theme: lodger Novello is accused by jealous detective Keen of
being a killer. Memorable finale, in which Novello is chased by
a bloodthirsty mob. Also known as The Case of Jonathan Drew. Remade
in 1932 (again with Novello), 1944, and in 1954 as Man in the
Attic. Look for Hitchcock's first cameo.
Hitchcock wanted an ambiguous ending to the film,
but the studio wouldn't allow it to be implied that Ivor Novello might
actually be the murderer.
Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance at a desk in the
newsroom early in the film. Some people claim he also appears later
in the crowd watching the arrest.