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The Pleasure Garden (1925)

Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill is engaged to adventurer Hugh Fielding and... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Oliver Sandys (novel), Eliot Stannard
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Cast

Cast overview:
Virginia Valli ... Patsy Brand
Carmelita Geraghty ... Jill Cheyne
Miles Mander ... Levet
John Stuart ... Hugh Fielding
Ferdinand Martini ... Mr. Sidey (as Ferd Martini)
Florence Helminger Florence Helminger ... Mrs. Sidey
Georg H. Schnell Georg H. Schnell ... Oscar Hamilton (as George Snell)
Karl Falkenberg Karl Falkenberg ... Prince Ivan (as C. Falkenberg)
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Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill is engaged to adventurer Hugh Fielding and she introduces Patsy to his colleague, Levitt, and they fall in love. Two different fates await the two couples. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín de la alegría See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Runtime:

| (2012) (theatrical) | (2012 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Balcon offered the film to Hitchcock in early 1925, when Graham Cutts, Hitchcock's jealous boss, would not let him work on his new film, The Rat (1925). See more »

Goofs

The dog, shown chewing up some clothing, disappears in the wide-angle shots of the apartment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pleasure Garden theatergoer: That's an exquisite chorus line, Mr. Hamilton.
Oscar Hamilton: Meet Patsy Brand.
Pleasure Garden theatergoer: I had to meet you because I was charmed by that lovely curl of hair.
Patsy Brand: [detaches the curl and presents it] Then I give it to you and hope you have a nice time. Now that wasn't a very clever line, was it?
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Hitchcock's first complete film, and a quite decent one
21 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Pleasure Garden is notable for being the first complete film of Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest and most influential directors in film, so it is one of great historical interest. It's not one of his best, there is somewhat of a primitive look, some of the pacing does get pedestrian in the middle and the scripting at times suffers from being overly talky. Hitchcock has definitely done worse though, and The Pleasure Garden is a decent film. Even for such an early effort, Hitchcock's direction does shine through with great use of camera angles and directorial flourishes. No signs of phoning in. The story is intelligently explored, the script serves the actors and Hitchcock competently(though of course there have been much better scripts since) and while the pacing is uneven the beginning and ending are solid enough. The acting give their all, maybe with some over-playing here and there, but there is signs of effort. All in all, a quite decent first complete film, though Hitchcock definitely went on to much better since. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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