3 August 2011 11:26 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Now this is just the kind of news we like having on hump day (which by the way is nowhere near as fun as it sounds)! The earliest surviving film from the great Alfred Hitchcock has been found! Well, at least some of it has.

According to THR, just in time for the filmmaker’s 112th birthday, archivists and preservationists in New Zealand have announced the discovery of the first half of a 1924 film thought to be Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest surviving feature.

In 1924's The White Shadow, an atmospheric British melodrama picked up for international distribution by Hollywood’s Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises, Hitchcock is credited as assistant director, art director, editor and writer. He was 24 when he worked on the film; his feature directorial debut would come soon afterward on The Pleasure Garden (1925).

The film, which stars Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sisters — one angelic »

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