Lost early Hitchcock film found


6 Responses to “Lost early Hitchcock film found”

  1. kmoser says:

    As interesting as the films would be to see, I’d love to see photos of the vault itself. It must have been kept immaculately to prevent the nitrate-based film from degrading over all these years.

    • LYNDON says:

       As you may note from the link, they were in this guy’s shed until 1989 (along with John Ford’s ‘Upstream’, the rediscovery of which you may have noticed earlier).

  2. An Infinitude of Tortoises says:

    “…so the ending will be left to the imagination.”
    Truly, Hitchcock remains the Master of Suspense!

  3. Teller says:

    It ends with the devilish side getting what she deserves in an unexpected and ironic way. I bet. Had wondered if he appeared in the first three reels then RTFA and saw he didn’t, as they say, helm the picture.

  4. mark extra says:

    Reminds me of Forgotten Silver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forgotten_Silver), where Peter LOTR Jackson discovered films by Colin MacKenzie, NZ’s pioneering inventer of colour film, talkies, war documentaries, porn etc. It was shown on TV as a documentary and only outed as a hoax the next day.

  5. Dave Pattern says:

    At the risk of getting flamed, what’s been found is a lost Graham Cutts film:

    “The White Shadow” was rushed into production after the success of the studio’s previous film, “Woman to Woman”, which also starring Betty Compson.  Unfortunately, “The White Shadow” was such a critical and commercial failure that the studio’s main financier (C.M. Woolf) withdrew funding and the studio went bankrupt before it could make another film.

    Hitchcock’s involvement in the failure of the film ultimately meant that film distributors (especially C.M. Woolf) were extremely reluctant to show his first two directorial outings (“The Pleasure Garden” and “The Mountain Eagle”).  Both films were shelved and weren’t seen widely until after a re-edited cut of his third film (“The Lodger”) proved commercially successful.

    So, I don’t think we’re talking the discovery of a cinematic gem here.  However, it helps to fill a gap in Graham Cutts’ filmography and will give Hitchcock scholars an opportunity to study a film that he was involved with.

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