Intertitle of the Week: Shoot to Kill
Hitchcock reckoned this was the worst intertitle he ever wrote ~
It might not be that bad, actually, except that it’s the climax of the film (EASY VIRTUE), and thus quite a lot of pressure is put on the lowly title card, which fairly buckles under the weight of expectation. And since the instruction is delivered to a swarm of proto-paparazzi, it’s a Clever Play on Words, and the emotional climax of a (let’s face it) melodrama is perhaps not the best place for a C.P.o.W.
The movie is certainly minor Hitch — but if the material doesn’t serve his purposes ideally, there are compensations. Read all about it here on Wednesday.