Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Champagne (1928)

Pretty much a straight-up comedy in which a ditzy heiress (Betty Balfour) is taught a lesson by her father who tells her they are out of money. It's clear that pure comedy is not Hitchcock's forte, and the best scenes in the film, a sinister party toward the end, the appearance of a mysterious stranger on an ocean liner, are shot like suspense sequences. The biggest problem is the thinness of the story, although it's filmed imaginatively and well, and some of the comedy is good.

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