Tuesday, November 2, 2010
An excellent silent film from Hitchcock. Ivor Novello stars as a pupil at an English boarding school. His best friend gets a local waitress pregnant and Ivor takes the fall for him. The rest, as the title implies, is downhill. Toward the end Ivor is working as a gigolo at a seedy bar in France. It is melodrama but it's filmed, and framed, like a suspense thriller, and it has the creative energy of The Ring, Hitchcock's boxing film made immediately afterwards.