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Easy Virtue (1928)

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

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Noël Coward (adapted from the play by) (as Noel Coward), Eliot Stannard (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Isabel Jeans ... Larita Filton
Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall ... Aubrey Filton
Eric Bransby Williams Eric Bransby Williams ... Claude Robson
Ian Hunter ... Mr. Greene
Robin Irvine Robin Irvine ... John Whittaker
Violet Farebrother ... Mrs. Whittaker
Frank Elliott ... Colonel Whittaker
Dacia Deane Dacia Deane ... Marion Whittaker
Dorothy Boyd Dorothy Boyd ... Hilda Whittaker
Enid Stamp-Taylor ... Sarah (as Enid Stamp Taylor)
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Storyline

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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Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inmoralidad See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Hypercube restored) | (2012 restoration)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
The Plaintiff's Counsel: Mrs. Filton, do you wish the Jury to believe the co-respondent never kissed you?
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Alternate Versions

In 2004, the Turner Classic Movies channel broadcast a version digitally remastered by Hypercube LLC for the National Film Museum Incorporated. It has a new piano score composed and performed by Douglas M. Protsik and runs 89 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) See more »

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Sowing the seeds of later Hitchcock masterpieces
27 March 2006 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

While many have dismissed this silent film of Hitchcock as an insignificant work, I found this film anticipates the virtues of the later works of the director. Hitchcock often relied on strong stories/scripts/plays whether it was du Maurier or Ernest Lehman or Ben Hecht or Anthony Shaffer to make his cinema tick. In this film it was the brilliant playwright Noel Coward. Just as "Frenzy" (script of Shaffer) ends with the words "…you are missing your tie," the final words of "Easy Virtue" are the explosive "Shoot! There is nothing left to kill." The word "shoot" refers to the cameras of the paparazzi not guns.

Visually, Hitchcock would revert to the same scene in "Notorious", in "Torn Curtain" and even as a weapon of defense in "Rear Window." The underscoring of the irony of final scenes of Hitchcock films are interesting to note. Coward and Hitchcock were really sensitizing the viewer on the social perceptions of marriage and divorce. Coward and Hitchcock seem to ask us the connection between slandered reputation and "easy virtue." In "Blackmail" the jester (the painting) seemed to scoff at the so-called justice meted out by the law keepers in final sequence.

Visually the most poignant shot (repeated twice) in the film is the shot of the judge's wig from above his head as he looks up. The interiors of the sets seem remarkably similar to scenes from Russian (Eisenstein's "Ivan the Terrible") and German expressionist cinema. Who should be credited more for what the film offers—Coward or Hitchcock. Probably both, in equal measure.


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