The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

ALFRED HITCHCOCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1927.  Gainsborough Pictures, Carlyle Blackwell Productions.  Screenplay by Eliot Stannard, from the novel and play by Marie Belloc Lowndes.  Cinematography by Gaetano di Ventimiglia.  Produced by Michael Balcon, Carlyle Blackwell.  Production Design by C. Wilfred Arnold, Bertram Evans.  Film Editing by Ivor Montagu. This early classic by Alfred Hitchcock shows the master…

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Number 17

BB (out of 5) Primitive special effects are a real kick in this early Hitchcock talkie, about a bumbling tramp who stumbles into an abandoned house only to discover it is the hideout of a group of dangerous jewel thieves. The train chase at the end is very exciting and the acting very strong, but…

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Blackmail

BBB (out of 5) This early Hitchcock feature was originally shot as a silent film, then later reshot with synchronized sound, becoming England’s (and, naturally, Hitchcock’s) first talkie. Anny Ondra (whose dialogue had to be spoken offstage by Cockney actress Joan Barry, owing to Ondra’s thick Czech accent) is breathlessly delightful as a girl whose…

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The Manxman

B (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film is one so unbearable, I think even he could hardly stand it.  Anny Ondra is delightful as a woman torn in two when the man she thought was dead returns from the sea and finds her married to his best friend (or was it his rival?…

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