Alfred Hitchcock’s Best and Worst Movies

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48. Champagne (1928)
> Starring: Betty Balfour, Jean Bradin, Ferdinand von Alten
> Runtime: 86 min

Alfred Hitchcock is known for mysteries and thrillers, but he also directed a few comedies. “Champagne” is about a very spoiled girl whose father pretends to be bankrupt in order to teach her responsibility. Michael Grost from Classic Film and Television called the feature a “brilliantly filmed tale [that] shows Hitchcock’s skill at comedy.” About 63% of critics liked the film, compared to only 16% of the audience.

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47. Number 17 (1932)
> Starring: Leon M. Lion, Anne Grey, John Stuart
> Runtime: 66 min

The plot of “Number 17,” which is about several thieves ending up in a vacant house for different reasons, has been called “confusing” by some IMDb users. The film’s rating is just 5.8 out of 10. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes liked the movie better, giving it a score of 63%, but only 22% of fans liked it.

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46. Easy Virtue (1927)
> Starring: Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall, Eric Bransby Williams
> Runtime: 80 min

“Easy Virtue” is a silent drama movie based on Noël Coward ‘s play of the same name. The film follows a woman who tries to hide her dark past from her new husband and his family. The 1927 movie’s rating on IMDb is 5.7. According to some critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the problem with the film is that it is silent because the dialogue is what really makes the story good.

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45. East of Shanghai (1931)
> Starring: Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont
> Runtime: 81 min

Some people may know the film under its original title, “Rich and Strange.” The movie tells the story of a married couple who inherit a lot of money from an uncle and start a new luxurious lifestyle that threatens to destroy their marriage. Sean Alexander from Turner Classic Movies Online described the film as “a mature exploration of personal disappointment.” Though 70% of critics liked the movie, only 31% of fans did.

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44. Under Capricorn (1949)
> Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding
> Runtime: 117 min

“Under Capricorn,” which follows a young man reuniting with a former girlfriend who has become an alcoholic and has many secrets, is one of the few late movies directed by Hitchcock to rank among his worst. Geoff Andrew from Time Out called it “a strangely unexciting but emotionally intriguing Hitchcock costume drama.”

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