DOWNHILL
WHEN BOYS LEAVE HOME
1927, British Film Institute, 105 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Popular composer and performer Ivor Novello cowrote the play upon which this drama was based, and he stars as Roddy Berwick, a top rugby player at a tony English boarding school. Roddy takes the blame for his best friend when a local girl both had dated gets pregnant, and his life goes downhill from there. Told with minimal intertitles, this silent benefits enormously from Hitchock’s visual panache.


THE RING (1927)
1927, Rialto, 108 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock was a boxing aficionado, and his first original screenplay is set in the ring. “One Round" Jack Sander (Carl Brisson) takes on all comers at the circus until he gets decked by a pro (Ian Hunter) and must fight to regain the affections of his girlfriend (Lillian Hall-Davis). Highly accomplished cinematography, editing and use of symbolism mark this as one of Hitchcock’s best silents.


STAGE FRIGHT
1950, Warner Bros., 110 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Jane Wyman plays a struggling actress who helps to hide fellow student Richard Todd when he's accused of killing his lover's husband. Marlene Dietrich co-stars in this murder mystery set in the world of the theater.


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