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.

  • The Farmer's Wife

    Hitchcock was worried that the stage roots of The Farmer's Wife (a hugely popular play by Eden Philpotts) might show through in his film adaptation. It was a needless worry. This semi-comic story of a widowed farmer's attempts to find himself a new wife is shot, as François Truffaut observed, 'li...

  • 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 Manxman

    Set on the Isle of Man (but very evocatively shot in Cornwall), this Hitchcock melodrama charts the crisis that arises when a lawyer, best friend of a fisherman believed dead, acts on his love for the latter's girlfriend, unaware that reports of his demise were erroneous. In a sly study of secrec...

  • 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...

  • Number Seventeen

    Assigned a creaky play about a tramp and a cop meeting over a corpse in a disused house, Alfred Hitchcock threw in whatever he could: Cockney comedy, proto-noir lighting effects, pre-39 Steps bondage for the hero and heroine, and a chase to end all chases with a runaway train, a Green Line bus an...