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The Camera LiesActing for Hitchcock$
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Dan Callahan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197515327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197515327.001.0001

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Six More in Silence

Six More in Silence

The Ring, Downhill, The Farmer’s Wife, Easy Virtue, Champagne, The Manxman

(p.19) 3 Six More in Silence
(p.iii) The Camera Lies

Dan Callahan

Oxford University Press

Hitchcock’s remaining silent films often suffered from actors who either did nothing in a nothing fashion (the three lead players in The Ring (1927)), actors who posed and indicated like Isabel Jeans in Easy Virtue (1928), or actors who had a sort of empty charm like Betty Balfour in Champagne (1928). But in this period Hitchcock also memorably experimented with actors in smaller parts like Violet Farebrother as a touchingly sex-starved poet in Downhill (1927) and Benita Hume’s telephone operator in Easy Virtue, a girl who listens in on a marriage proposal and reacts accordingly.

Keywords:   The Ring, Isabel Jeans, Easy Virtue, Betty Balfour, Champagne, Violet Farebrother

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