Tag Archives: Eliot Stannard

The Manxman (1929) – reviewed by George

This film is part soap opera and part Greek tragedy. It certainly shows the maturity of the director as he stages scene after scene of deception, devotion, ambition, and pure unselfish love. And some selfish love too.¬†Alfred Hitchcock’s 9th film … Continue reading

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Champagne (1928)- reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 8th film is a romantic comedy with plenty of deception on the part of the four principals in order to get their own way. The four major characters are a rich father, his bright and somewhat hyper daughter, … Continue reading

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Easy Virtue (1927) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 7th film deals with a divorce case and its aftermath, and it is based on a play by Noel Coward. Seems strangely unlike the material either man is associated with. Isabel Jeans, whose billing is a hundred percent … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Wife (1928) – reviewed by George

A;fred Hitchcock’s sixth film is a domestic comedy, at least once you get past the set-up. The stars are Jameson Thomas as Farmer Sweetland, Lilian Hall-Davis as his housekeeper Araminta Dench, and Gordon Harker as his handyman Churdles Ash. Mrs. … Continue reading

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Downhill (1927) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s fifth movie is based on a tale by David L’Estrange, with a screenplay by Eliot Stannard. Like “The Lodger” it stars Ivor Novello, but in this case the leading lady is Isabel Jeans, who appeared in a couple … Continue reading

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The Pleasure Garden (1925) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock had been a title designer and an assistant director and had directed an unfinished film, and a short for which he was uncredited. So The Pleasure Garden, a British-German coproduction shot almost entirely in Munich, counts as his … Continue reading

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