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Champagne (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 20 August 1928 (UK)
A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. However, Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

Alfred Hitchcock, Walter C. Mycroft (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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 <col@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1928 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pezsgő See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie included the first freeze-frame shot. See more »

Goofs

In a long shot, the Man kisses Betty's hand and sits down at her table. Next, in a two-shot, he kisses her hand and sits down again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in lifeboat: You'd better hurry, Miss, before she sinks.
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Connections

Referenced in Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock (2009) See more »

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Good looking but dull early Hitch
28 March 2012 | by zeebrite-321-220768See all my reviews

Even in 1928 Hitch was beginning to stand out from other directors. The camera-work and editing in this flick is outstanding. If you're a big Hitchcock fan, it will hold your interest for that aspect alone. If you're looking for great entertainment, look elsewhere.

Though there are some funny moments, most of Champagne is a bit of a snooze. The story is okay (Daddy teaches rich daughter a lesson, you'll probably guess how) but far from engaging.

The biggest problem is Betty Balfour. She's in nearly every scene and she's simply not that good. It's not a problem with the typical big-gestured silent acting but more to the fact that the emotions she portrays often don't fit the scene.

Good for a diversion and a couple of laughs but you might end up glancing at your watch before the predictable end.


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