Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927)
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as The Poetess
as The Swede
as Mme. Michet
as Tim Wakely
as Sir Thomas Berwick
as Roddy Berwick
as Sybil Wakely
as Rev. Henry Wakely
as Dr. Dowson
Critic Reviews for Downhill (When Boys Leave Home)
It's directed by Hitchcock with imagination and, especially in the first half, much comedy.
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.
Blame Novello for this turkey, Hitchcock did all he could to make this creaky story work with some creative visuals.
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.
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.
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