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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The Wicked Lady (1945)

BBB (out of 5) Juicy melodrama from Gainsborough Pictures that once again shows off star Margaret Lockwood to great effect.  Lockwood plays a beautiful woman with dark purpose who steals her best friend’s lover in 17th century England and plunges him into a miserable marriage, he because he quickly realizes his error and she because she…

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The Man In Grey

BBBB (out of 5) Soap opera at its finest!  This riveting melodrama begins when two girls meet at a posh nineteenth century girls’ school, one of them the wealthy and beautiful centre of popularity (Phyllis Calvert, riveting as always) and the other a resentful charity case training to be a teacher (Margaret Lockwood).  The two…

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Madonna Of The Seven Moons

BBBB (out of 5) Lurid psychological melodrama that pushes the limits of credibility but never ventures into the absurd.  The enveloping plot begins with a disturbing occurrence when a Florentine girl named Maddalena (Phyllis Calvert) is raped in the woods by a Gypsy.  Years later, she is married to a wealthy man in Rome and…

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Man Of Aran

BBB.5 (out of 5) Robert Flaherty’s interpretation of the word “documentary” is one that would definitely not be accepted today. Showing up on the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland with the intention of filming its rough, primitive life, and disappointed by the fact that its inhabitants had more or less caught up with…

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The Lady Vanishes

BBBBB (out of 5) Stunning Hitchcock thriller made before his move to Hollywood two years later. A young woman (Margaret Lockwood) shares a train ride with a kindly British governess (Dame May Whitty) while travelling through a fictional European country. When she wakes up from a brief nap in their train compartment, the old lady…

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