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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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Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inmoralidad See more »

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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

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1928 enter the U.S. public domain in 2024. See more »

Goofs

John's distance from Larita changes dramatically after she shakes shaking her cocktail at the another table then suddenly is next to Larita's table. 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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Not bad silent
19 February 2007 | by ajbakeresqSee all my reviews

A very little seen Hitchcock, and a decent British silent film, from a Noel Coward play. It's surprisingly visual for a stage play, with titles kept to a minimum. As with a lot of early HItchcock the copies circulating are pretty bad. It must have looked good when it was new.

The courtroom sequence has some typical Hitchcock touches - views through the judge's monocle. The strangest link with later films is an odd prophecy of Marnie. The blonde wife with a mysterious past is brought home to the country house, with crusty colonel father in law and brunette sister in law meeting her. A bit later on you expect to see Strutt turn up at a party to identify her. Almost the same thing happens and at the final party Isobel Jeans glams herself up and makes a grand entrance down the staircase.

I am developing a theory that the things Hitchcock says nothing about in the Truffaut book are the important ones! Isobel Jeans reappeared in Suspicion 13 years later. Is she the original Hitchcock blonde? If only (BFI please note) there were proper bright restorations of these early Hitchcocks. The only one I've seen looking good is The Lodger. It makes a huge difference.


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