British Hitchcock

British Hitchcock

8 Episodes

Before he took Hollywood by storm, Alfred Hitchcock was already renowned as a master stylist and storyteller in his native Britain, where he was perhaps the leading director of the late silent and early sound eras. Strongly influenced by German Expressionism, Hitchcock’s silent films are triumphs of visual invention, pushing the medium to new expressive heights in works like THE LODGER, his atmospheric take on the Jack the Ripper tale. With the coming of sound, Hitchcock kicked off a run of early masterpieces including the train-set mystery THE LADY VANISHES and the underrated nail-biter SABOTAGE. Foreshadowing many of the themes and tropes he would rework obsessively throughout his American career, Hitchcock’s British films display the keen psychological insight, dazzling stylistic innovation, dark wit, and virtuoso set-pieces that would earn him the moniker “the Master of Suspense.”

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British Hitchcock
  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    Episode 1

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1927 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ivor Novello, June Tripp

    With his third feature film, THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG, Alfred Hitchcock took a major step toward greatness and made what he would come to consider his true directorial debut. This haunting sile...

  • Downhill

    Episode 2

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1927 • United Kingdom

    In this silent British drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock, two boarding school boys get involved with a waitress and face an unfortunate circumstance.

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1934 • United Kingdom
    Starring Peter Lorre, Leslie Banks, Edna Best

    An ordinary British couple vacationing in Switzerland suddenly find themselves embroiled in a case of international intrigue when their daughter is kidnapped by spies plotting a political assassina...

  • The 39 Steps

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1935 • United Kingdom
    Starring Robert Donat, Madeline Carroll, Lucie Mannheim

    A heart-racing spy story by Alfred Hitchcock, THE 39 STEPS follows Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) as he stumbles upon a conspiracy that thrusts him into a hectic chase across the Scottish ...

  • Sabotage

    Episode 5

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1936 • United Kingdom

    A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London.

  • Young and Innocent

    Episode 6

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1937 • United Kingdom

    In Alfred Hitchcock's tale of a wrongly accused man, a man must prove his innocence with the chief constable's daughter as his only help.

  • The Lady Vanishes

    Episode 7

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1938 • United Kingdom
    Starring Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas

    In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Margaret Lockwood, traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who t...

  • British Hitchcock Teaser

    Episode 8