Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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53. Juno and the Paycock (1930)
> Starring: Sara Allgood, Edward Chapman, Barry Fitzgerald
> Runtime: 85 min

“Juno and the Paycock,” which was based on Sean O’Casey’s tragicomedy of the same name, told the story of a dysfunctional Irish working-class family that started to lead a rich life after inheriting a lot of money. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of only 27%, while the audience was even less impressed with only 10% of reviewers liking the movie.

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52. The Skin Game (1931)
> Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Jill Esmond, C.V. France
> Runtime: 85 min

“The Skin Game,” based on the 1920 play by John Galsworthy, is about two English families who battle over a land deal, with one blackmailing the other over a secret from the past. TV Guide wrote about the movie, “This early Hitchcock talkie shows none of the mastery that would subsequently make the director an internationally recognized genius.” Only 17% of Rotten Tomatoes fans liked the movie.

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51. Strauss’ Great Waltz (1934)
> Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews
> Runtime: 81 min

The movie tells the story of Johann Strauss and how he decided to compose a waltz after watching bakers work. While some of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes had a few positive comments about the film, the audience did not like it. Only 6% of those who rated “Strauss’ Great Waltz” on the site liked it.

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50. The Pleasure Garden (1925)
> Starring: Virginia Valli, Carmelita Geraghty, Miles Mander
> Runtime: 75 min

Hitchcock directed “The Pleasure Garden,” his first feature film, when he was 25. The movie follows two couples — one with an unfaithful fiancee and one with an unfaithful husband. Film critic Dennis Schwartz described the feature as a “standard romantic drama, with no other interest except it’s the Master’s beginning.”

Source: Courtesy of British International Pictures (BIP)

49. Mary (1931)
> Starring: Alfred Abel, Olga Tschechowa, Paul Graetz
> Runtime: 78 min

This early Hitchcock mystery movie follows a juror who decides to investigate a murder for which he already voted to convict a man. “Mary,” which is the German language version of Hitchcock’s “Murder!” (1930) and ranks No. 38 on this list, has a 6.1 rating on IMDb. Just 33% of Rotten Tomatoes’ audience gave the film a positive review.

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