Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927)

Downhill (When Boys Leave Home)


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The black sheep of a prosperous family's life begins its downward spiral when he is expelled from school after shielding a friend from punishment. Following several desultory adventures, Novello weds faithless actress Isabel Jeans, who divests him of what little money he has and runs off with another man. Only when he is at his lowest is Novello forgiven by his family.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Constance Collier, Ivor Novello
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Critic Reviews for Downhill (When Boys Leave Home)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It's directed by Hitchcock with imagination and, especially in the first half, much comedy.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

It's unabashed melodrama, but nevertheless wholly cinematic.

Full Review… | June 3, 2015
Radio Times

Though not one of Hitchcock's best silents, Downhill, based on theatrical sketches, intriduces themes and images, such as the shared guilt and the prominence of staircases, that would recur in his future, better films.

Full Review… | November 12, 2012

Blame Novello for this turkey, Hitchcock did all he could to make this creaky story work with some creative visuals.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Astutely keyed to Murnau, Hitchcock finds visual invention everywhere

Full Review… | July 22, 2012

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