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Easy Virtue (1928)

Not Rated | | Romance, Thriller | June 1928 (USA)
A divorcée hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family.

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Franklin Dyall ...
Laura's Husband
Eric Bransby Williams ...
The Co-respondent
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The Plaintiff's Counsel
Robin Irvine ...
Violet Farebrother ...
John's Mother
Frank Elliott ...
John's Father
Dacia Deane ...
John's Elder Sister
Dorothy Boyd ...
John's Younger Sister
Enid Stamp-Taylor ...
Sarah (as Enid Stamp Taylor)
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Larita Filton is named as correspondent in a scandalous divorce case. She escapes to France to rebuild her life where she meets John Whittaker. They are later married, but John's well-to-do family finds out Larita's secret. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Fragile virtù  »

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The play opened in London and New York City in 1925. The New York City production began on 7 December 1925 and had 147 performances with Jane Cowl as Larita, Robert Harris as John and Halliwell Hobbes as Colonel Whittaker. See more »

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John's distance from Larita changes dramatically after she shakes shaking her cocktail at the another table then suddenly is next to Larita's table. See more »

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[first lines]
Prosecutor: Mrs. Filton, do you wish the Jury to believe the co-respondent never kissed you?
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Not bad silent
19 February 2007 | by (Stafford, England) – See all my reviews

A very little seen Hitchcock, and a decent British silent film, from a Noel Coward play. It's surprisingly visual for a stage play, with titles kept to a minimum. As with a lot of early HItchcock the copies circulating are pretty bad. It must have looked good when it was new.

The courtroom sequence has some typical Hitchcock touches - views through the judge's monocle. The strangest link with later films is an odd prophecy of Marnie. The blonde wife with a mysterious past is brought home to the country house, with crusty colonel father in law and brunette sister in law meeting her. A bit later on you expect to see Strutt turn up at a party to identify her. Almost the same thing happens and at the final party Isobel Jeans glams herself up and makes a grand entrance down the staircase.

I am developing a theory that the things Hitchcock says nothing about in the Truffaut book are the important ones! Isobel Jeans reappeared in Suspicion 13 years later. Is she the original Hitchcock blonde? If only (BFI please note) there were proper bright restorations of these early Hitchcocks. The only one I've seen looking good is The Lodger. It makes a huge difference.


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