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Canberra Times (09/Dec/1927) - Success of "The Ring"




Another very interesting British film has been presented recently. This is the film version of the play "Downhill," directed by Mr. Alfred Hitchcock. While it cannot be considered an example of Mr. Hitchcock's best work, it demonstrates conclusively that in England we have directors of technical skill and imagination. By the remarkably clever treatment a sense of continuous interest has been given to the episode story of "Downhill," and this, combined with good acting, will ensure its popularity.

Other excellent British films which will be shown publicly in the near future include Mr. Alfred Hitchcock's "The Ring," the finest production made in this country and certainly superior to the majority of foreign films. "Roses of Picardy," a war romance, directed by Mr. Maurice Elvey, with Miss Lilian Hall-Davis and Mr. Jameson Thomas in the cast; "Passion Island," directed by Mr. Manning Haynes featuring Mr. Moore Marriott, one of the screen's finest character actors, and Mr. George Jacob's "The Fake," with Mr. Miles Mander, Miss Elga Brink, and Mr. Henry Edwards, are three British films each possessing remarkable qualities of direction and acting. British films nearing completion, and in preparation show, if it is possible, even more ambition and enterprise on the part of producers.

Official help is now being readily given to legitimate British film enterprises. The latest instance is provided in the new war film, "Guns of Loos." As the 18-pounder guns used at Loos are out of date, the military authorities have recommissioned them for a short period, so that they can be used during the production.