Thursday, August 4, 2011

Early Hitchcock Film Unearthed!

According to Seattle, the National Film Preservation Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive recently dived into a lost trove of unmarked film prints donated by NZ projectionist Jack Murtagh and reemerged holding 30 minutes of The White Shadow. This 1923 evil-twin flick starring Betty Compson (The Docks of New York, The Great Gabbo) may be the first written, edited, and designed by Alfred Hitchcock. 24-year-old Hitch also served as assistant director under Graham Cutts. National Film Preservation Foundation director Annette Melville told Seattle pi that the film boasts "a totally crazy, zany plot with soul migration back and forth and all these improbable meetings." The opening three reels of The White Shadow will have its big screen revival at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on September 22.
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