Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection

Essential Alfred Hitchcock Collection

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Betty Balfour, Carl Brisson, Charles Laughton

     
 

Although he was established as a master of suspense by 1929, Alfred Hitchcock was still under contract to British International Pictures, and thus still obliged to direct everything his studio chose for him. Hitch's last silent film was The Manxman, a "romantic triangle" imbroglio based on a novel by Hall Caine. Filmed on…  See more details below

Overview

Although he was established as a master of suspense by 1929, Alfred Hitchcock was still under contract to British International Pictures, and thus still obliged to direct everything his studio chose for him. Hitch's last silent film was The Manxman, a "romantic triangle" imbroglio based on a novel by Hall Caine. Filmed on location in the Isle of Man, the story concerns a local fisherman named Pete (Carl Brisson), a law student named Philip (Malcolm Keen), and a beautiful village girl named Kate (played by German actress Anny Ondra). When Pete is reported drowned, Kate turns to Philip for solace and sexual gratification. By and by, Pete returns none the worse for wear. Never suspecting that Kate has been unfaithful to him, Pete marries the girl. Eventually she bears Philip's child, which of course Pete assumes is his. Unable to lie to her husband anymore, Kate attempts suicide, which according to the laws of the Island is a crime. Kate is brought before the judge, who happens to be her ex-lover Philip. Confronted with the truth by Kate's father (who has suspected all along that she and Philip have had an affair), Philip gives up his legal career to make an "honest woman" out of Kate. An unrelentingly dour film, The Manxman is nonetheless beautifully photographed by Jack Cox. Sensing that the film would not appeal to a mass audience, BIP withheld release of The Manxman until after the distribution of Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail.Alfred Hitchcock's second all-talkie thriller, Murder! (1930) stars Herbert Marshall as pompous actor-manager Sir John Menier, a send-up of George DuMaurier. Summoned for jury duty, Sir John is one of 12 people who must decide the fate of Diana Baring (Norah Baring), a young actress on trial for murder. Though the girl is found guilty, Sir John believes that she's innocent and sets about to prove it on his own, exercising his actor's prerogative of adopting clever disguises in the course of his investigation. Along the way, he is obliged to entertain a pair of lower-class clods, Ted and Dulcie Markham (Edward Chapman and Phyllis Konstam), who help him stage an elaborate re-enactment of the crime. Based on Enter Sir John, a novel and play by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson, Murder was simultaneously filmed in a German version, with Alfred Abel replacing Herbert Marshall.The uncharacteristic Alfred Hitchcock endeavor The Skin Game (1931) was adapted by Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, from a play by John Galsworthy. The British countryside turns into an ideological battlefield when Hornblower (Edmund Gwenn), a wealthy, self-man tradesman, stakes his claim to a piece of valuable forest property controlled for literally centuries by the "landed gentry." The local squire (C.V. France) and his wife (Helen Haye) dig in their heels and refuse to acknowledge Hornblower's presence -- how dare he use mere money to challenge the rights of blood? Their genteel snobbery is every bit as obnoxious as Hornblower's brash effrontery, and the result is a film with virtually no heroes or villains whatever. Never in any future film did Hitchcock ever lobby so strong an attack on the smug implacability of the aristocracy -- perhaps wisely, since The Skin Game proved to be one of his least-successful films.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
UPC:
0787364630493
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bci / Eclipse
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
13:31:00

Special Features

Alfred Hitchcock - The Master of Suspense; The Hitchcock Style: a brand-new documentary featurette highlighting the life and career behind one of the most prolific and celebrated filmmakers of the 20th century; Alfred Hitchcock bio; Theatrical trailers; Hitchcock on the Radio - "39 Steps:" the entire 40-minute Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Hitchcock's "39 Steps" which was originally transmitted on December 13, 1937; Alfred Hitchcock filmography; Poster gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Balfour Betty
Carl Brisson Pete Quilliam
Charles Laughton Sir Humphrey Pengallan
Darcia Deane Marion Whittaker
Edmund Gwenn Mr. Hornblower
Herbert Marshall Sir John Menier
Jameson Thomas Samuel Sweetland
Léon M. Lion Ben
Robert Donat Richard Hannay
Anne Grey The Girl
Benita Hume Telephonist
Gordon Harker The Father,Churdles Ash, the handyman
Jill Esmond Jill Hillcrest
Lilian Hall-Davis Araminta Dench, the young maid
Madeleine Carroll Pamela
Malcolm Keen Philip Christian
Maureen O'Hara Mary Yelland
Norah Baring Diana Baring
Anny Ondra Kate
Donald Calthrop Brant
Enid Stamp Taylor Sarah
Godfrey Tearle Prof. Jordan
Hay Petrie Groom
Jean Bradin Jean, the Young Man
Phyllis Konstam Chloe Hornblower,Dulcie Markham
Edward Chapman Ted Markham
Emlyn Williams Harry the Peddler
Ferdinand Von Alten The Cosmopolitan
Franklin Dyall Mr. Filton
John Longden Charles Hornblower
John Stuart The Detective
Maud Gill Thirza Tapper
Peggy Ashcroft Margaret
Randle Ayrton Kate's Father
Balliol & Merton Dancer
Barry Jones Henry Doyle
C.V. France Mr. Hillcrest
Clare Greet Her Mother
Gibb McLaughlin Dunnybrigg
Isabel Jeans Larita Filton
Lucie Mannheim Miss Smith/Annabella
R.E. Jeffrey Foreman of the Jury
Robert Newton Jem Trehearne
Frederick Piper Broker
Helen Haye Mrs. Hillcrest
Louise Pounds Widow Windeatt
Miles Mander Gordon Druce
Frank Lawton Rolf Hornblower
Leslie Banks Joss Merlyn
Basil Radford Pengallan's Guest
Mervyn Johns Thomas

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Champagne
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Disc #1, Side B -- Murder!
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Disc #2, Side A -- Number Seventeen
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Disc #2, Side B -- 39 Steps
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Disc #3, Side A -- The Skin Game
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Disc #3, Side B -- Jamaica Inn
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Disc #4, Side A -- Easy Virtue
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Disc #4, Side B -- The Manxman
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Disc #5, Side A -- The Farmer's Wife
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Disc #5, Side B -- Bonus Program
   The Hitchcock Style
   Alfred Hitchcock Bio
   Theatrical Trailers
      The Birds
      Dial M for Murder
      Foreign Correspondent
      I Confess
      The Man Who Knew Too Much
      Marnie
      North by Northwest
      Psycho
      Rear Window
      Rebecca
      Rope
      Saboteur
      Spellbound
      Strangers on a Train
      To Catch a Thief
      Topaz
      Torn Curtain
      The Trouble With Harry
      Vertigo
   Hitchcock on the Radio - The 39 Steps
   Alfred Hitchcock Filmography
   Poster Gallery
   Trivia

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