1. Now that you have seen multiple openings to Hitchcock's British films, how does this opening both fit a pattern you have seen previously as well as deviate from other opening scenes?
A mysterious figure entering a crowded, public place jogs our memory (pun intended). We see some exhibits of dark humor being showcased with some tongue-in-cheek jests and the appearance of unusual or strange characters. A deviation from the typical patterns we see could be the first lines our protagonist utters. As we look back, do any other first lines signify important messages or meanings such as these?
2. Do you agree or disagree with Rothman's assessment that Hitchcock in this film is focused on introducing a more innocent character than in previous opening sequences of his films?
While it is possible that our main character may be innocent, the first twenty-two seconds we see of him do not show his face at all. With this, as we all know, comes a mystique surrounding our protagonist, an uncertainty that has the capability of leading and wandering to many things.
3. Reflect on the role of yet another public space opening a Hitchcock film--this time a music hall--the prominence of a performer (Mr. Memory), and the reactions of the audience in the film to Mr. Memory's act. How does these on-screen elements play into the Hitchcock touch as described by Gene Phillips?
All that we see in this short scene reflect points made on the Hitchcock touch, notably the ordinary people and setting, the hero's plight, and the unleashing of valuable information prematurely.