Five lesser known films from the legendary director are collected here.
Accompanied by an original organ score, THE MANXMAN was Hitchcock's last silent British film, marked by sharp characterization and suspense. On the Isle of Man, a lawyer and a fisherman, best friends since childhood, fall in love with the same woman--with disastrous consequences. This adaptation of a novel by Hall Craine was the last collaboration between Hitchcock and screenwriter Eliot Stannard.
RICH AND STRANGE: A rare light romantic comedy with Hitchcockian touches, RICH AND STRANGE tells the story of a young and bored married couple (Henry Kendall and Joan Barry) who inherit some money and set off on a trip around the world, only to discover--after having their respective affairs--that money can't buy happiness. The film was based on the novel by Dale Collins, but the film has often been interpreted as containing autobiographical elements from Hitchcock's marriage to his frequent collaborator Alma Reville and their honeymoon experiences cruising the Mediterranean.
THE SKIN GAME: This early Hitchcock talkie tells the tale of old money and new money feuding over a family estate in jolly class-conscious England. THE SKIN GAME closely follows the hit London play by John Galsworthy; for the film, Hitchcock was able to elicit superb performances from his stars in this study of the English family and the English class system. The film tracks a fierce rivalry between a landowner and his immediate neighbor, complete with nasty tactics, class-based hostility, and dirty secrets that beg to be unearthed.
MURDER! is a British suspense-mystery about a jurist who believes in the innocence of a young woman accused of murder and sets out to prove his theory. Well-photographed, and characterized by quick cutting and sharp dialogue, MURDER is one of Hitchcock's rare whodunits. Based on a novel by Clemence Dane and sporting several references to HAMLET and an interior monologue, the film is a groundbreaking adaptation of a novel into an early talkie. It also features Herbert Marshall's first speaking part.
THE RING: The film, like its title, oscillates between marriage and boxing--the dramas of a boxing ring and the troubles of the heart. The story follows two fighters who are in love with the same woman. One man is a title holder, while the other is a carnival-booth fighter hired to be his boxing partner. Hitchcock's small visual touches underscore the complexities of emotions, and his symbolic use of objects (such as a snake bracelet) make this a classic silent film.