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Blackmail    DVD   (1929)
Genre: Mystery

Based on the play by Charles Bennett, Hitchcock's (and England's) first sound film concerns the girlfriend of a Scotland Yard detective who kills a man in self-defense after he tries to rape her. As her lawman beau attempts to help her cover up the crime, the pair is blackmailed by an unscrupulous murder--leading to deception and death. Anny Ondra, John Longden, Donald Calthrop star. 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

Item #: D62586
 

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Champagne    DVD   (1928)
Genre: Silents

This silent comedy from Alfred Hitchcock's early British period is about a spoiled rich girl whose father, a merchant known as "The Champagne King," feigns bankruptcy in order to teach her a lesson in responsibility. Betty Balfour and Gordon Harker star. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D15287
 

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Easy Virtue    DVD   (1928)
Genre: Silents

Alfred Hitchcock directed this silent melodrama, based on a Noel Coward play, about a woman valiantly coping with an alcoholic husband and the suicide of her lover. Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, and Ian Hunter star. 79 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D61709
 

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Feel My Pulse    DVD   (1928)
Genre: Silents

Dizzy silent comedy stars Bebe Daniels as an heiress, raised from infancy as a germophobic recluse, who inherits an island sanitarium that's serving as a front for bootleggers. With William Powell and Richard Arlen. 66 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D80960
 

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Mystery Man (1935)/The Racketeer    DVD   (1929)
Genre: Mystery

First, in "Mystery Man," a Chicago-based reporter relocates to St. Louis after losing his job and promptly tries to capture "the Eel," an elusive killer who has been terrorizing the city. Offbeat crime drama stars Robert Armstrong, Maxine Doyle, Henry Kolker. Then, the trend-setting gangster drama "The Racketeer" stars Carole Lombard as an attractive young woman who accepts the offers of cocky crook Robert Armstrong in order to advance the career of her violinist boyfriend. With Roland Drew, Jeanette Loff, John Loder. 166 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.

Item #: D96509
 

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Sherlock Holmes    DVD   (1922)
Genre: Silents

John Barrymore stars as the famed sleuth in this silent-era mystery based on William Gillette's stage adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories. The fate of Western civilization rests on Holmes' shoulders as he goes up against a sinister criminal mastermind with a plan to scandalize a young prince in an effort to orchestrate an international incident. With Carol Dempster, Gustav Von Seyffertitz, and, in their film debuts, Roland Young and William Powell. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D56256
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The Farmer's Wife    DVD   (1928)
Genre: Silents

Rare Hitchcock silent comedy (he wrote and directed) about a recently widowed farmer who undertakes a wide search for a new wife, unaware of the perfect choice right under his nose: his charming housekeeper. Jameson Thomas and Lillian Hall-Davies star. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D15602
 

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The Letter    DVD   (1929)
Genre: Mystery

Jeanne Eagels earned the first posthumous Academy Award nomination for an actor for her performance in this searing adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play, one of only two sound films the actress made before her death. Eagels plays the adulterous Leslie Crosbie, a woman on trial for the murder of her husband, whose fate may be determined by a mysterious tell-all letter she wrote to her lover. With O.P. Heggie, Reginald Owen, Herbert Marshall. 60 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Item #: D57920
 

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The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog    DVD   (1927)
Genre: Silents

Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller is a silent shocker about a mysterious tenant at a London boarding house whose odd behavior arouses the suspicions of his landlady, and eventually the police, who believe him to be "the Avenger," a Jack the Ripper-esque serial killer preying on young blonde women. Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, June, Malcolm Keen; Hitchcock turns up in his first on-screen appearance. AKA: "The Case Of Jonathan Drew," "The Lodger." 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D55676
 

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The Manxman    DVD   (1929)
Genre: Silents

For his last silent film, director Alfred Hitchcock crafts a compelling drama about childhood friends on the Isle of Man who grow up to both fall in love with the local innkeeper's daughter. Engaged to one man, will she lose her heart to the other? Carl Brisson, Malcolm Keen, and Anny Ondra star. 83 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D15241
 

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The Phantom In The House    DVD   (1929)
Genre: Mystery

Complex mystery yarn concerns an inventor who is framed by his duplicitous wife for a murder she committed. Fifteen years after his spouse cashes in on his inventions, the man is paroled and he tries to reveal the truth to his daughter while posing as a family friend. Henry Walthall, Grace Valentine and Ricardo Cortez star. 58 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.

Item #: D43370
 

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The Ring    DVD   (1927)
Genre: Silents

One of Hitchcock's most highly regarded silent films (and his only original screenplay) focuses on "One Round" Jack Sander, a circus boxer who marries the box-office girl and turns pro to please her. But he soon faces competition in and out of the ring when his new bride leaves him for another fighter, setting the stage for a brutal battle between the pugs. Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter star. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.

Item #: D36657