British Hitchcock

British Hitchcock

14 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, and the sparkling comedy CHAMPAGNE. With his first sound film BLACKMAIL, Hitchcock kicked off a run of early masterpieces including the train-set mystery THE LADY VANISHES, the man-on-the-run thriller THE 39 STEPS, 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.

  • Champagne

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1928 • United Kingdom
    Starring Betty Balfour, Jean Bradin

    One of Alfred Hitchcock’s rare forays into comedy is as effervescent as the titular drink. British silent superstar Betty Balfour is a delight as a spoiled, frivolous flapper whose moneybags dad decides to t...

  • Blackmail

    Episode 4

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1929 • United Kindgom
    Starring Anny Ondra, Sara Allgood, John Longden

    Alfred Hitchcock’s—and Britain’s—first talkie finds the director using sound technology as inventively as he used the camera. Anny Ondra (prototype for the many Hitchcock blondes to come) play...

  • Murder!
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    Episode 5

    Murder!

    Episode 5

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1930 • United Kingdom
    Starring Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring, Phyllis Konstam

    One of Alfred Hitchcock’s signature obsessions—the “wrong man” motif he would return to time and again—receives one of its earliest treatments in this innovative whodunit. After a you...

  • The Skin Game

    Episode 6

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1931 • United Kingdom
    Starring Edmund Gwenn, Helen Haye, C. V. France

    Based on a play by John Galsworthy, this drawing-room drama traces the mutually destructive feud that develops between two wealthy families—one composed of old-money traditionalists, the other...

  • Rich and Strange

    Episode 7

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1931 • United Kingdom
    Starring Henry Kendall, Joan Barry

    Taking its all-too-appropriate title from “The Tempest,” this fascinatingly offbeat satiric drama concerns a stuck-in-a-rut young couple who, upon coming into a generous inheritance, immediately use the mo...

  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    Episode 8

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1934 • United Kingdom

    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 assassination. This fleet and gripping film is the firs...

  • The 39 Steps

    Episode 9

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1935 • United Kingdom

    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 moors, a chase in which he is both the pursuer and the...

  • Sabotage
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    Episode 10

    Sabotage

    Episode 10

    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 11

    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 12

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1938 • United Kingdom

    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 then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman...

  • Jamaica Inn

    Episode 13

    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock • 1939 • United Kingdom
    Starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara, Robert Newton

    The last film Alfred Hitchcock made before leaving England for Hollywood centers on a young woman who discovers that her uncle heads a gang of ship-wreckers and killers under the secr...

  • British Hitchcock Teaser

    Episode 14