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Downhill. Alfred Hitchcock. Ivor Novello. Main Title


Downhill was made and released in 1927.
Production Company: Gainsborough Pictures Ltd.

Downhill is based on a play by Ivor Novello and David LeStrange (pseudonym for Constance Collier, who played Mrs. Anita "something of the something" Atwater in Rope).

Roddy Berwick (played by Ivor Novello) takes the blame for a schoolmate's offense, is expelled from home and school and embarks on a journey downhill until he id finalsy restored to respectability.

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Two schoolboys made a pact of loyalty. One of them kept it - at a price.


Ivor Novello... Roddy Berwick
Robin Irvine... Tim Wakely
Isabel Jeans... Julia
Ian Hunter... Archie
Norman McKinnel... Sir Thomas Berwick
Annette Benson... Mabel
Sybil Rhoda... Sybil Wakely
Lilian Braithwaite... Lady Berwick
Violet Farebrother... The Poet
Ben Webster... Dr. Dawson
Hannah Jones... The Dressmaker
Jerrold Robertshaw... Rev. Henry Wakely
Barbara Gott... Madame Michet
Alf Goddard... The Swede
J. Nelson... Hibbert
Daisy Jackson... The Seductive Waitress

Hitchcock on the Delirium in Downhill

"At one point I wanted to show that the young man was having hallucinations. He boarded a tiny schooner, and there I had him go down to the fo'c'sle, where the crew slept. At the beginning of his nightmare he was in a dance hall. No dissolve, just straight cutting. He walked over to the side wall and climbed into a bunk. In those days dreams were always dissolves and they were always blurred. Though it was difficult, I tried to embody the dream in the reality, in solid, unblurred images."
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Black people in Hitchcock's Films


In Marseille there is a black man among the sailors who says that Roddy (Ivor Novello) is "dotty – he’s seein’ things."

The Ring

At the fair people can throw balls on a black man to make him fall down. Two boys throw an egg at him, to the crowd's amusement.

One of the members of "One-Round" Jack's team is black.


The black servant brings a telegram to the father (Gordon Harker) who scorns him. He is extremely servile and walks around almost as a chimpanzee.

Gordon Harker Gordon Harker

A black man works as a bartender in the restaurant.

Young and Innocent

The killer (drummer man) performs in a band performing in blackface.

Shadow of a Doubt

When Charlie goes to Santa Rosa by train, the railroad porter is black.


Canada Lee in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"

Canada Lee (1907–1952) as Joe Spencer.

Strangers on a Train

The senator's servant is black.


After Marnie steals from Rutland, and she is descending the stairs, a black man is seen on the left.


Philippe Dubois (Roscoe Lee Browne) takes the identity of a black journalist from Ebony, sneaks into the Cuban embassy, manages to take photos of some of the important documents and then runs away, chased by Cuban revolutionaries.

Family Plot

One of the FBI agents questioning Arthur Adamson in his jewel store.



Original Title

German Title

Italian Title

French Title

The Pleasure Garden Irrgarten der Leidenschaft Il giardino del piacere Le Jardin d'Agrément
The Mountain Eagle Der Bergadler L'aquila della montagna L'Aigle de la Montagne
The Lodger
aka: The Case of Jonathan Drew (U.S.)
  Il pensionante Les Cheveux d'Or
Downhill   Il declino La Pente / Downhill
Easy Virtue   Virtù facile Le passé ne meurt pas
The Ring   Vinci per me Le Masque de cuir
The Farmer’s Wife   La moglie del fattore Laquelle des trois ?
Champagne   Tabarin di lusso À l'américaine / Champagne
The Manxman   L'isola del peccato The Manxman
Blackmail Erpressung Ricatto Chantage
Juno and the Paycock
aka: The Shame of Mary Boyle
  Giunone e il pavone Junon et le paon
Murder! Sir John greift ein Omicidio! Meurtre
The Skin Game Bis auf's Messer Fiamma d'amore The Skin Game
Number Seventeen Nummer Siebzehn Numero diciassette Numéro dix-sept
Rich and Strange Endlich sind wir reich Ricco e strano À l'est de Shanghai
Waltzes from Vienna
Strauss Great Waltz (U.S. title)
  Vienna di Strauss Le Chant du Danube
The Man Who Knew Too Much Der Mann, der zuviel wußte L'uomo che sapeva troppo L'Homme qui en savait trop
The 39 Steps 39 Stufen Il club dei trentanove Les 39 Marches
Secret Agent Geheimagent L'agente segreto Quatre de l'espionnage
Sabotage   Sabotaggio Agent secret
Young and Innocent
aka: The Girl Was Young (U.S. title)
Jung und unschuldig Giovane e innocente Jeune et innocent
The Lady Vanishes Eine Dame verschwindet La signora scompare Une femme disparaît
Jamaica Inn Riff-Piraten / Die Taverne von Jamaika La taverna della Giamaica La Taverne de la Jamaïque
Rebecca Rebecca / Rebekka Rebecca, la prima moglie Rebecca
Foreign Correspondent Mord Il prigioniero di Amsterdam Correspondant 17
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Mr. und Mrs. Smith Il signore e la signora Smith Joies matrimoniales
Suspicion Verdacht Il sospetto Soupçons
Saboteur Saboteure Sabotatori La Cinquième colonne
Shadow of a Doubt Im Schatten des Zweifels L'ombra del dubbio L'Ombre d'un doute
Lifeboat Das Rettungsboot Prigionieri dell'oceano Lifeboat
Spellbound Ich kämpfe um Dich Io ti salverò La Maison du docteur Edwardes
Notorious Berüchtigt
(Weißes Gift)
Notorious, l'amante perduta Les Enchaînés
The Paradine Case Der Fall Paradin Il caso Paradine Le Procès Paradine
Rope Cocktail für eine Leiche Nodo alla gola La Corde
Under Capricorn Sklavin des Herzens Il peccato di Lady Considine Les Amants du Capricorne
Stage Fright Die rote Lola Paura in palcoscenico Le Grand Alibi
Strangers on a Train Der Fremde im Zug
(Verschwörung im Nordexpress)
L'altro uomo L'Inconnu du Nord-Express
I Confess Ich beichte
(Zum Schweigen verurteilt)
Io confesso La Loi du silence
Dial M for Murder Bei Anruf Mord Il delitto perfetto Le crime était presque parfait
Rear Window Das Fenster zum Hof La finestra sul cortile Fenêtre sur cour
To Catch a Thief Über den Dächern von Nizza Caccia al ladro La Main au collet
The Trouble with Harry Immer Ärger mit Harry La congiura degli innocenti Mais qui a tué Harry
The Man Who Knew Too Much Der Mann, der zuviel wußte L'uomo che sapeva troppo L'Homme qui en savait trop
The Wrong Man Der falsche Mann Il ladro Le Faux Coupable
Vertigo Aus dem Reich der Toten La donna che visse due volte Sueurs froides
North by Northwest   Intrigo internazionale La Mort aux trousses
Psycho Psycho Psyco Psychose
The Birds Die Vögel Gli uccelli Les Oiseaux
Marnie Marnie Marnie Pas de printemps pour Marnie
Torn Curtain Der zerissene Vorhang Il sipario strappato Le Rideau déchiré
Topaz Topas Topaz L'Étau
Frenzy Frenzy Frenzy Frenzy
Family Plot Familiengrab

Complotto di famiglia

Complot de famille


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