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When Boys Leave Home (1927)
"Downhill" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Thriller  -  1928 (USA)
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Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Roddy Berwick
Ben Webster ...
Dr. Dawson
Norman McKinnel ...
Sir Thomas Berwick
Robin Irvine ...
Tim Wakely
Jerrold Robertshaw ...
Rev. Henry Wakely
Sybil Rhoda ...
Sybil Wakely
Annette Benson ...
Mabel
Lilian Braithwaite ...
Lady Berwick
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Julia Fotheringale
Ian Hunter ...
Archie
Hannah Jones ...
The Dressmaker
Barbara Gott ...
Madame Michet
Violet Farebrother ...
The Poet
Alf Goddard ...
The Swede
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Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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When the boys are talking to the school's headmaster, the distance they are from one another varies between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Dawson: I wish you had more boys like Roddy to send us, Sir Thomas.
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A Chump at Oxford
7 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If I have to see another character go downstairs, I swear I'll watch the film in reverse! The plot is quite basic - nothing really new: chump plus a couple of manipulative floozies equal his downward spiral. Hitchcock wisely didn't work consciously with symbolism for most of his career and this one makes me happy he didn't! There are a few good scenes here. The characters in the cab photographed from the outside during a rain worked quite well. The super-impositions were very well done and the collage of London with its usual turmoil in the streets made its point of "business as usual" effectively. There was some rather heavy over-acting by Novello near the end that can be painful to watch. The depiction of Paris seemed as French as the English music hall. Hitchcock was learning to fly with this but as of its release, he hadn't earned his wings yet.

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