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* AuthorAppeal: The opening sequence is set in St. Moritz, where Hitchcock had spent his honeymoon and then returned to practically every year for vacations.


* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre, in one of his first English-language roles), attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).

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* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks Creator/LeslieBanks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre, in one of his first English-language roles), attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).


* CorruptChurch: The Tabernacle of the Sun seems like a benign small, urban church (with hints of being a MysteryCult), but it's harboring Abbott and his men.



* PathOfInspiration: The Tabernacle of the Sun seems like a benign small, urban church (with hints of being a MysteryCult), but it's harboring Abbott and his men.


* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre in one of his first English roles) attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).

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* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre (Creator/PeterLorre, in one of his first English roles) English-language roles), attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).


* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre in one of his first English roles) attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).

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* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre in one of his first English roles) attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).
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'''Clive''': Yes. quite blank. (''closes his eyes and quickly falls into a trance'').

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'''Clive''': Yes. quite Quite blank. (''closes his eyes and quickly falls into a trance'').


* HypnoPendulum: Variation, as Nurse Agnes uses a shiny gemstone held stationary to initiate Clive into "The First Degree of the Seventh Old Ray" at the Tabernacle of the Sun.

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* HypnoPendulum: Variation, as Nurse Agnes uses a shiny gemstone held stationary to initiate Clive into "The First Degree of the Seventh Old Sevenfold Ray" at the Tabernacle of the Sun.


* ButtMonkey: Clive, who always seems the get the worst of whatever situation he encounters with Bob, including getting his tooth pulled and getting hypnotized.

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* ButtMonkey: Clive, who always seems the get the worst of whatever situation he encounters with Bob, including getting his a healthy tooth pulled and getting hypnotized.


* AdaptationExpansion: It's 45 minutes longer than the first film. Most of the 1934 film's plot points get exported, but the first act is much longer here, and the relationship of the married couple gets explored further, plus other little added bits.

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* AdaptationExpansion: It's 45 minutes longer than the first film. Most of the 1934 film's plot points get exported, were imported, but the first act is much longer here, and the relationship of the married couple gets explored further, plus other little added bits.


'''Clive''': Yes. quite blank. (''closes his eyes'').

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'''Clive''': Yes. quite blank. (''closes his eyes'').eyes and quickly falls into a trance'').

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* HypnoPendulum: Variation, as Nurse Agnes uses a shiny gemstone held stationary to initiate Clive into "The First Degree of the Seventh Old Ray" at the Tabernacle of the Sun.
-->'''Nurse Agnes''': You are already feeling sleepy. Do you hear me?\\
'''Clive''': Yes...\\
'''Nurse Agnes''': Your mind is becoming quite blank. You feel that, don't you? Quite, quite blank.\\
'''Clive''': Yes. quite blank. (''closes his eyes'').

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* RealityHasNoSoundtrack: There's a lot of music (the dance orchestra, the hymn at the tabernacle, the cantata), but it's all diegetic.


* GratuitousSpanish: The TitleDrop of "Que Será, Será".

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* GratuitousSpanish: The TitleDrop of "Que Será, Será". It's been called non-grammatical, but the proper Spanish form for "Whatever will be, will be" (''Lo que será, será'') is close enough.


* ButtMonkey: Clive, who always seems the get the worst of whatever situation he encounters with Bob.

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* ButtMonkey: Clive, who always seems the get the worst of whatever situation he encounters with Bob.Bob, including getting his tooth pulled and getting hypnotized.


* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre in one of his first English roles) attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty.

* In the 1956 film: Creator/JimmyStewart and Creator/DorisDay star as Ben and Jo [=McKenna=], [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates Americans]] traveling to UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}} with their son Hank (Christopher Olsen). On the bus they meet the amiable Bernard, who puts Jo on edge for remaining mysterious while asking them numerous questions about themselves. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when Bernard stumbles out of a crowd, in disguise and mortally wounded, to whisper a secret message to Ben with his dying breath. Unwittingly embroiled in events beyond their understanding, Ben and Jo quickly learn that there are dangerous people out there who very much want to keep the information a secret.

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* The 1934 film: Leslie Banks and Edna Best are Bob and Jill Lawrence, a British couple couple who find themselves having to help stop an assassination. The Lawrences are in Switzerland, where Jill is competing in a clay pigeon shooting contest. Jill is passing the time by flirting outrageously with another hotel guest, the charming Louis. The flirting comes to an end when Louis is shot in the chest while dancing with Jill. Louis has just enough time before he dies to tell Jill to retrieve a message hidden in a brush in his room. It turns out that Louis is a spy, and the message has to do with a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat about to visit England. The bad guys, led by Abbott (Creator/PeterLorre in one of his first English roles) attempt to keep Bob and Jill silent by kidnapping their teenage daughter Betty.

Betty (Nova Pilbeam, who starred in Hitchcock's ''Young and Innocent'' a few years later).

* In the 1956 film: Creator/JimmyStewart and Creator/DorisDay star as Ben and Jo [=McKenna=], [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates Americans]] traveling to UsefulNotes/{{Morocco}} with their son Hank (Christopher Olsen).Olsen)[[note]]The older brother of ''Series/TheBradyBunch'''s Susan Olsen[[/note]]. On the bus they meet the amiable Bernard, who puts Jo on edge for remaining mysterious while asking them numerous questions about themselves. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when Bernard stumbles out of a crowd, in disguise and mortally wounded, to whisper a secret message to Ben with his dying breath. Unwittingly embroiled in events beyond their understanding, Ben and Jo quickly learn that there are dangerous people out there who very much want to keep the information a secret.

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