Champagne (1928)

 |  Comedy  |  20 August 1928 (UK)
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A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. But Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.


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Complete credited cast:
Jean Bradin ...
The Boy
Ferdinand von Alten ...
The Man (as Theo Von Alten)
Gordon Harker ...
The Father


A spoilt rich girl leads a life of luxury on the profits from her father's champagne business. To bring her back down to earth he tells her that all the money has been lost so she goes to seek her fortune. Written by Col Needham <>

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Release Date:

20 August 1928 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A l'américaine  »

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Did You Know?


In a 1976 press conference for Family Plot (1976), Alfred Hitchcock revealed that this film is his least favorite of all the films he had made. See more »


When the man recognizes the girl at the hotel, the close up shot of him kissing her hand shows flowers close to their hands but in the previous shot the basket of flowers was by her waist. See more »


[first lines]
Man in lifeboat: You'd better hurry, Miss, before she sinks.
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Referenced in The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over (2001) See more »

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12 February 2002 | by (Belfast, NI) – See all my reviews

Although the film shows plenty of evidence of being made by the Master, most viewers will probably find it light compared to the 'more substantial' 'serious' films. But Hitchcock's metier is cinema, not suspense, and Champagne contains some choice examples of how Hitch thought cinematically in a way that no other director has done. A case in point is the magnificent visual joke towards the end of the film, when our heroes are aboard an ocean liner. From time to time they are bothered by a drunk who staggers into them and other passengers. However, before long, the ship hits a storm and sways around like a cork, causing everyone to stagger from wall to wall... except the drunk... On a more profound thematic level, this is one of the earliest Hitchcockian essays on the necessity of lying in one's bed if one has made it (cf The Birds). Incidentally, it's just occurred to me how much the Betty Balfour character in this prefaces those of Grace Kelly in Rear Window and Melanie Daniels in The Birds.

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