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Movie Review – Murder!

– Summary – Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :   1930 Principal Cast :  Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam, Edward Chapman, Miles Mander, Esme percy, Donald Calthrop, Esme V Chaplin, Amy Brandon-Thomas, Joynson Powell, SJ Warmington, Marie Wright, Hannah Jones, Una O’Connor, RE Jeffrey. Approx Running Time :   92 Minutes Synopsis:   A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution. ********** Hitchcock’s third “talkie”, made in 1930, is a far cry better than his…

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Movie Review – Juno & The Paycock

  – Summary – Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :  1930 Principal Cast :  Barrie Fitzgerald, Marie O’Neill, Edward Chapman, Sidney Morgan, Sara Allgood, John Laurie, Dave Morris, Kathleen O’Regan, John Longden, Dennis Wyndham. Approx Running Time :  96 Minutes Synopsis:  During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values are. ********** The luck of the Irish. Juno & The Paycock is an interesting Hitchcock film in that it represents an early “experimental” project for…

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Movie Review – Manxman, The (1929)

– Summary – Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :   1929 Principal Cast :  Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, Anny Ondra, Randle Ayrton, Clare Greet, Kim Peacock. Approx Running Time :  110 Minutes Synopsis:   A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl. ********* So that’s where Michael Bay got his story for Pearl Harbor! The Manxman’s debut in 1929 would represent a watershed moment for Hitchcock’s directorial career. It would be his final silent film; his subsequent movie, Blackmail,…

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Movie Review – Farmer’s Wife, The (1928)

– Summary – Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :   1928 Principal Cast :  Jameson Thomas, Lillian Hall-Davis, Gordon Harker, Gibb McLaughlin, Maude Gill, Louie Pounds, Olga Slade, Ruth Maitland, Antonia Brough, Mollie Ellis. Approx Running Time :  129 Minutes Synopsis:   After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process. *********** As close as we get to a Hitchcock romantic comedy? Hmm. The Farmer’s Wife isn’t about the wife of a farmer, so much, it’s…

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Movie Review – Easy Virtue (1928)

– Summary – Director :  Alfred Hitchcock Year Of Release :   1928 Principal Cast :  Isabel Jeans, Robin Irvine, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams, Ian Hunter, Violet Farebrother, Frank Elliot, Dacia Deane, Dorothy Boyd, Enid Stamp Taylor. Approx Running Time :   80 Minutes Synopsis:   A divorcée hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family. What we think : Bland, innocuous romantic drama from Hitch, with a palatable story and character sliding down like fast-food. Hitch’s technical skill seems to have gone missing; the film isn’t as showy…

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Movie Review – Champagne (1928)

Frothy comedy entry for Hitchcock is just a delight of a thing, a frivolous, undemanding affair that – if one was a cynic – might be considered too lite-weight for the master’s oeuvre. Personally, I found this film a real blast, if not for the characters (who are fairly pedestrian, and only really elevated by the cast’s performances) then for Hitch’s visual flair. Most definitely one of the more amusing silent films I’ve seen.

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Movie Review – Blackmail (1929)

One of the earliest “talkie” films to arrive on the British market, Hitchcock’s Blackmail was filmed in both silent and sound versions – well, kinda – and became a box-office success for its time. As you’d expect, the film is rather dated by today’s standards, but even taking that into account, Blackmail is still a nice little thriller/drama that plays with the accentuated style Hitch’s early work enjoyed. Lovely camerawork, some terrific locations and set-design, mixed with decent acting and – again, considering the film’s vintage – excellent sound design, make this one a gem among Hitch’s early works. Well worth a look, especially in light of the history the film enjoys.

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Movie Review – Ring, The (1927)

A critical success (but box office flop) on release, Hitchcock’s The Ring remains a resolutely middling affair that offers neither excitement or thrills, but rather a tepid, almost inane love triangle between three people who should probably know better. While the story flounders here and there, the cast do their best to elevate the material (and largely succeed), but even by Hitch’s own standards, he can’t get this one into top gear. A curiosity that should be more widely seen, The Ring is technically excellent and emotionally uneventful.

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Movie Review – Downhill (1927)

While this silent effort from Hitchcock might contain plenty of his signature motifs, the story proves rather tepid (especially compared to his then-recent hit The Lodger) and the film spends an awful amount of time doing… well, very little. From a technical perspective, Downhill remains an enchanting testament to Hitch’s burgeoning skill as a director, but as a work of drama, this one plummets to the bottom rather than roll gracefully down. For fans of Hitch only.

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Movie Review – Pleasure Garden, The

While the opening is fairly strong, and the promise of some minor titillation burns bright initially, The Pleasure Garden wanders into melodramatic overkill by its second half. The film clocks in at barely over an hour, but even that feels like its a drag, and although Hitchcock tries to give the film some visual style….. nothing. There’s nothing here worth noting. None of Hitch’s trademarks are present (although it must be said that the early Garden-set sequences do feel the strongest of the film, and most “Hitchcockian”) and the film feels labored by the close. Ultimately, a rather ho-hum affair.

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