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The Shame of Mary Boyle (1929)
"Juno and the Paycock" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  December 1929 (UK)
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During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values are.

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During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values of are. At the end, they discover they will not receive that inheritance; the family is destroyed and penniless. They must sell their home and start living like vagabonds. Written by Claudio Sandrini <pulp99@geocities.com>

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First film of Edward Chapman. See more »

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In the shot of Johnny in bed after Maisie Madigan has a drink of whiskey at the Boyle's house, he is shown with both arms. See more »

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The Orator: Fellow countrymen, continuously and courageously we have fought and struggled for the national salvation of Ireland!
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Restore this film PLEASE!!!
17 May 2009 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

The DVD I own of this film is of dire quality. It is, like other botched, cheapo versions of Hitchcock's early films, a disgraceful transfer from poor quality source. People's heads are cut off by the zoomed in picture, the foggy, grainy picture and awful sound quality detract greatly from viewing pleasure and yet I loved this film!

Bear in mind this is a very early talkie with the disadvantages all early talkies have (even famous classics such as Frankenstein etc) namely: 1. Very static, plain camera work due to huge, unwieldy camera/sound equipment (the master Hitchcock naturally does better than others with this but his genius camera-work IS hampered) 2. Slightly theatrical acting by some actors as they ARE theatrical actors, not used to screen acting which had previously been silent.

This is clearly a film of a play and therefore Hitchcock himself wasn't fond of it but he did a superb job as did most of the cast. It is amazingly hard-hitting, moving, emotionally involving and at the same time has gripping scenes of tension and classic Irish humour.

I am disappointed this is so little known and not appreciated. It is a truly excellent film within its limitations.

It is a disgrace that no company has released a restored version of this still!


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