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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Murder! and Mary (1930/1931)

In 1956, the Master famously remade his own 1934 thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much But 26 years before that, he directed two very different versions of this murder mystery

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Elstree Calling (1930)

The Master co-directed this musical, sharing duties with Adrian Brunel Waltzes from Vienna is wrongly thought of as Hitchcock’s only musical It’s a delightful all star revue featuring many regular

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Juno and the Paycock (1930)

When the luck of the Irish ran out: the outlook is grey in the Emerald Isle The first all-talking film from the young director is a funny but dark drama

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Blackmail (1929)

Production Hitchcock breaks the sound barrier with Britain’s first talkie It saw off several part-silent pretenders and made cinema history But his sound film had a silent counterpart; both get the

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Manxman (1929)

The Master’s last fully silent film is a haunting, romantic smalltown drama Carl Brisson, star of The Ring, is caught up in another traumatic love triangle Secrets and lies prepared

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Champagne (1928)

The Master’s second comedy features Betty Balfour, Britain’s biggest star of the 1920s But even her effervescent charms can’t keep it from occasionally falling a little flat Its mostly hit but a little

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

The Master’s uproarious first comedy is stuffed with oddballs and eccentrics It’s full of good old-fashioned English humour, from gentle to earthy and bawdy With slapstick and even subtle smut,

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Ring (1927)

The Master of Suspense turns in a technical tour de force in this prize winning tale Danish actor Carl Brisson, star of two Hitchcocks, suffers a hit in love in both

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Easy Virtue (1927)

His most obscure and maligned film, only surviving in severely compromised condition Only a few badly worn 16mm prints exist, all missing over 25% of their original footage As one

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Downhill (1927)

Not a murder in sight, but it’s still one of the darkest films in the Master’s canon The star of The Lodger returns to suffer again in another story of the