Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Easy Virtue (1928)

W and F Film Service (UK)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Mill Creek)

A woman married to a drunken brute poses for an artist. Her husband walks in at an inopportune time, leading to attempted murder, suicide and divorce. At the ensuing trial, the wife is disgraced by the biased judge and jury. She leaves for France where she meets a wealthy playboy. They soon get married and return to England to live in his large estate with his family. She is confronted by his mother, who convinces her husband that their marriage was a mistake. Eventually her former divorce comes up, and she relents to the pressure. Convoluted story starts out with a trial and flashback, then gets more melodramatic as it goes along. Only poor prints exist, so perhaps we are not getting the whole story, but this is rather forgettable early Hitchcock.

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