The Pleasure Garden (1925)

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After several collaborative efforts, Alfred Hitchcock made his solo directorial debut in the German-British co-production The Pleasure Garden. Based on the novel by Oliver Sandys, it's the tale of two chorus girls, Patsy (Virginia Valli) and Jill (Carmelita Geraghty). The comparatively virtuous Patsy marries Levett (Miles Mander), the best friend of Jill's fiance Fielding (John Stuart). After the honeymoon, Levett leaves for a job in the tropics, promising to send for Patsy as soon as he's settled. Back in London, Patsy discovers that Jill has been cheating on Fielding with other men. Secure in the belief that her own husband would never betray her, Patsy is shocked to discover that Levett has been sleeping with a native girl (Nita Naldi) in her absence. Driven mad by the treacherous native, Levett kills her and tries to murder Patsy, but she is rescued at the very last minute. Wearily, she comes back to London, where she finally finds happiness with Jill's cast-off sweetheart Fielding. Filmed on a very tight budget, The Pleasure Garden never betrays its parsimonious nature. And though it cannot be labelled a "typical" Hitchcock picture, it contains enough clever pictorial touches to indicate that the man in the director's chair was definitely someone to conjure with. To quote the reviewer of the London Daily Express: "His work is of a uniformly high quality; there are times when it is great, times when the onlooker says to himself 'That is perfect'."
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Gainsborough Productions

Cast

Virginia Valli
as Patsy Brand
Carmelita Geraghty
as Jill Cheyne
C. Falkenburg
as Prince Ivan
Miles Mander
as Levett
John Stuart
as Hugh Fielding
Nita Naldi
as Native
Georg H. Schnell
as Oscar Hamilton
Karl Falkenberg
as Prinz Ivan
Ferdinand Martini
as Mr. Sidey
Florence Helminger
as Mrs. Sidey
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Critic Reviews for The Pleasure Garden

All Critics (4)

Hitchcock's feature debut, made at the young age of 25, already shows promise to come.

Full Review… | March 16, 2013
EmanuelLevy.Com

No excerpt available.

November 5, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Mossy intrigue jolted by Hitchcock's style and delirium

Full Review… | March 11, 2012
CinePassion

It's a standard romantic drama, with no other interest except it's the Master's beginning.

Full Review… | September 14, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Pleasure Garden

Alfred Hitchcock makes his feature film debut as a director with this rather mundane silent film about showgirls and dancing and whatnot. It is a far cry from his Master of Suspense peak years. The only noteworthy thing about the movie is it's director, and that is really only because he went on to do such great things in the industry. This is just his humble beginning.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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