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|Alfred Hitchcock Studies in Fear|
Actors: Peter Lorre, Maureen O Hara, Charles Laughton
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Genres: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Famous for his expert control of pace and suspense, Hitchcock's films draw heavily on both fear and fantasy, and are known for their droll humor and witticisms. The classic films in this collection are: Easy Virtue , Jama... more »
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10 British-made Hitchcock films
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 05/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Included on MILL CREEK's ALFRED HITCHCOCK: STUDIES IN FEAR are three of the great director's silent-era classics. "The Lodger" is taken from the earliest book to offer a solution to the Jack the Ripper case. "Easy Virtue" (based on a Noel Coward play) is about a divorcee who flees a public scandal (an artist in love with her commits suicide). While in France she meets and marries a man whose family discovers her dark secret. "The Ring" was a departure for Hitchcock. It's a well-done boxing film, scripted by the director himself.
Also among these British-era AH photoplays:
"Jamaica Inn" concerns a gang of land-based pirates. Its solid cast includes Maureen O'Hara in her screen debut.
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is an espionage nail-biter that features both a kidnapping and an assassination plot
"Juno and the Paycock" is the saga of an Irish family's rags-to-riches-to-rags journey. (From the Sean O'Casey play.)
"Sabotage" is Hitch at his best. A Scotland Yard detective tries to catch a saboteur who plans to explode a bomb in London.
"Young and Innocent" is a mistaken identity story. A man wrongfully arrested for his girlfriend's murder escapes and goes on the run.
"Number Seventeen" is the address of a gang of theives' hideout. They are tracked to their safehouse by a detective.
"The Skin Game" is a battle between two families over land in a village that nearly destroys both of them.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK - MASTER OF SUSPENSE (also from Mill Creek Entertainment) is the ideal companion to this collection. It contains ten movies not on this set, plus two episodes of Hitch's 1950's TV anthology series.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(5.8) Easy Virtue (silent-UK-1928) - Isabel Jeans/Franklin Dyall/Ian Hunter
(6.2) Jamaica Inn (UK-1939) - Charles Laughton/Maureen O'Hara/Robert Newton
(4.7) Juno and the Paycock (UK-1930) - Barry Fitzgerald/Maire O'Neill/Edward Chapman
(7.4) The Lodger (silent-UK-1927) - Ivor Novello/Marie Ault/Arthur Chesney (uncredited: Reginald Gardiner)
(6.9) The Man Who Knew Too Much (UK-1934) - Leslie Banks/Edna Best/Peter Lorre
(6.0) Number Seventeen (UK-1932) - Leon M. Lion/Anne Grey/John Stuart
(6.3) The Ring (silent-UK-1927) - Carl Brisson/Lillian Hall-Davis/Ian Hunter
(7.2) Sabotage (UK-1936) - Sylvia Sidney/Oskar Homolka/Desmond Tester
(5.8) The Skin Game (UK-1931) - C.V. France/Helen Haye/Edmund Gwenn
(7.1) Young and Innocent (UK-1937) - Nova Pilbeam/Derrick De Marney/Percy Marmot"