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Dundee Evening Telegraph (22/Jan/1929) - Dundee Cinema Fare This Week



Dundee Cinema Fare This Week

There are two ways by which a film may be judged — by its ability to entertain, or by its technical excellence, and, strange though it may seem, 99 out of 100 pictures have either the one or the other but not both.

Fortunately, the hundredth is in Dundee this week at the Kinnaird Picture-House, where "The Ring" is proving one of the best films for months. And it is British.

Those who have said we cannot produce films should see this one, and they will see a picture that ranks with the world's best. It has all the necessities for the great film — a good story, a brilliant cast, clever photography, and great production — and it combines them all into a splendid success.

Very few will make so auspicious a debut on the silver screen as Carl Brisson, the hero of the impressionable. This rather remarkable young man jumps right into the forefront of the first-class artistes by this, his first, British screen performance. He is in his own element, the boxing ring, and in this romance of the booth and the prize fight, with the "eternal triangle" nicely worked in in a new way, Carl Brisson plays a large part in our most recent and largest step forward toward film perfection.

The supporting cast is excellent and well chosen. Lillian Hall-Davis increases her prestige, Ian Hunter makes a splendid job of the "other man," but Gordon Harker, Carl's general factotum, takes leading place of the supporting cast by reason of his polished, effective work.

The most important person in the production of any picture is the producer, and in "The Ring" Mr Alfred, Hitchcock gives of his very best, and his technique makes it a triumph for British pictures, streets ahead of American efforts of the same kind. "The Ring" can be placed among the ten best films ever seen.