Alfred Hitchcock

Before he was redefining just how scary a shower could be, Alfred Hitchcock made a number of features in Britain. Far from lesser works, these films capture the essence of Hitch and hint at the master that was to come. From societal comedies to his more favoured dark thrillers, delve into this remarkable body of work from one of the finest minds in cinema history.

  • Champagne

    Father-daughter tensions arise when a millionaire (Harker), suspecting his playgirl daughter's fiancé is a gold-digger, pretends the family fortune is gone. A bubbly comic parable built around Betty Balfour's effervescent energy, the film is an early example of Hitchcock's long-term fascination w...

  • The Skin Game

    This early Alfred Hitchcock drama sees him again adapting a stage play; this time reworking Galsworthy's account of the increasingly bitter, even vicious battle for land between an aristocratic family (down to their last Rolls Royce) and a nouveau riche industrialist. With Edmund Gwenn in the fir...

  • Rich and Strange

    Just as issues of trust and mistrust between men and women often fuelled Hitchcock's thrillers, so they informed most of his comedies. In this wry, episodic cautionary tale of a suburban couple fleeing the daily grind on a luxury cruise, the characters fall prey to different kinds of temptation.

  • Murder!

    Here, in one of Hitchcock’s few whodunits, even the actress accused of murder is unsure whether she’s guilty, having blacked out before being discovered with the weapon and a colleague’s corpse. Just one juror (Herbert Marshall) – a thesp himself – believes her innocent, and investigates. A fasci...

  • Blackmail

    A grocer's daughter kills a man who tries to sexually assault her. Her boyfriend, a policeman, attempts to cover up the murder. However, a small-time crook witnessed the act and threatens to blackmail the couple. Only Hitchcock's second crime film, Blackmail would sow the seeds for many of his ma...