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.

Mar 20, 2012 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

It's unabashed melodrama, but nevertheless wholly cinematic.

Jun 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 12, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

Jul 31, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Astutely keyed to Murnau, Hitchcock finds visual invention everywhere

Jul 22, 2012 | Full Review…

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