Hitchcock himself didn’t end up directing this one, though he was initially planned to, but the film still feels molded to him, or by him.
The hook of a lawyer (played by Gregory Peck, no less) and his family being terrorised by a criminal the lawyer had put away, a criminal canny enough to avoid cause for further arrest, is good, but feels more suited to a short film or story than an entire feature. The score is excellent and haunting, and does a lot to create the tension in a lot of scenes.
The black and white visuals do a lot to keep the tension of some of the later scenes at night and in a cramped boat tense. The ending is a bit too neat and poetic, but the tension of the villain’s torturous hunt of the lawyer’s family works well, embodying an interesting fear of the malleability of a legal system that can endanger you as much as protect you. Three and a half panama hats, and a rake.