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Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927)




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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.
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Lillian Braithwaite
as Lady Berwick
Violet Farebrother
as The Poetess
Alf Goddard
as The Swede
Barbara Gott
as Mme. Michet
Ian Hunter
as Archie
Robin Irvine
as Tim Wakely
Norman McKinnel
as Sir Thomas Berwick
Ivor Novello
as Roddy Berwick
Sybil Rhoda
as Sybil Wakely
Jerrold Robertshaw
as Rev. Henry Wakely
Ben Webster
as Dr. Dowson
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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

Audience Reviews for Downhill (When Boys Leave Home)

Two young college boys get caught up in a scandal when a young girl gets pregnant...she accuses one of being the father, and is expelled...while the real father of the child remains in school as a captain of the rugby team and keeping his scholarship and the pride of his father. If I were the guy accused I wouldn't have kept silent to let some other loser keep his daddy's approval. Then it sends the accused's life into a spiral of losing his father's approval, money run dry by a bad marriage, and becoming a gigolo. It is a solid drama, certainly better than Hitchcock's "The Ring", but not that much better. It definitely has a better style and is well told...I'll give it that much.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

The story for "Downhill" was good, but it was also a little hard to follow at times. Another problem is that the story isn't very engaging until the final act. If you're interested in seeing Hitchcock's earlier movies, watch it. Otherwise, you won't be missing much.

Chris McGee
Chris McGee

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