Saturday, July 15, 2017

White Shadows (1924)

Selznick Releasing
Directed by Graham Cutts
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Betty Compson plays identical twin sisters, one reserved and the other recently returned from Paris where she has been living among free spirited artists and musicians. She meets a man on the boat coming home to England, but when she plays a trick on him with her twin sister it backfires. They fall in love, but he doesn't realize there are actually two women. The other sister runs away back to Paris, sending her father after her and causing her mother to die from grief. Eventually the two sisters meet at a wild Parisian cafe called the Laughing Cat, but unfortunately the film abruptly ends as the last half remains lost. Interesting early Hitchcock (in fact, the earliest surviving, as his 1923 film also with Betty Compson is lost), but it is difficult to rate half a movie. Set design and theme, however, is definitely identifiable as Hitchcock.

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