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?
The electric lights, like the ones used in The Lodger, are shown at the beginning of the film. The music is happy and lighthearted. The scene seems to be innocuous to what is going to happen in the film.
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? Definitely, the character of Hannay is treated like he is almost invisible since his question is passed over when another character shouts out his question over Hannay’s shoulder. When his question is finally addressed, Mr. Memory greets him and the audience applauds him.
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?
It gives the audience the appearance of a routine, everyday happening like a theatrical act that is there just to entertain and have little or no impact on more important things happening outside of the theater. In addition, Hannay is looks to be a typical person out for the evening in a typical establishment.