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Easy Virtue (1928)

 -  Romance | Thriller  -  June 1928 (USA)
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A divorcée hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family.

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Franklin Dyall ...
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The Co-respondent
Ian Hunter ...
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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June 1928 (USA)  »

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Fragile virtù  »

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Alfred Hitchcock:  walking past a tennis court carrying a walking stick. See more »

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While sitting with Larita after she is hit with the tennis ball, John's sitting position changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prosecutor: Mrs. Filton, do you wish the Jury to believe the co-respondent never kissed you?
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Gets Decent Mileage Out of a Simple Story
23 January 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This silent Alfred Hitchcock drama gets decent mileage out of a rather simple story. Isabel Jeans stars as a young woman who, because of a messy divorce in her past, is unfairly considered a woman of "Easy Virtue", and she must struggle constantly against the ways that her past affects how she is perceived by others. This kind of drama was probably more popular and more familiar in previous eras, and many stories of the kind don't hold up very well now. This one does often show some signs of age, but it also has some of Hitchcock's creative touches that move it along and make it worth watching. One of the best is Hitchcock's treatment of Jeans responding to a marriage proposal - it's quite innovative, and a nice way to avoid the often banal treatments of romantic scenes.

This is nothing like the movies for which Hitchcock is usually remembered, and it's really not even among his best silent work. But it's not bad, and if not always compelling, it is sometimes interesting in its look at the characters' social attitudes and perspectives.


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