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A brand new illustrated talk for 2024 - Alfred Hitchcock: The Gainsborough Days.
Learn about Alfred Hitchcock's entrance into the British film industry by answering an advert to work in the editing department of the Famous Players Laskey in 1919.
In 1925, Hitchcock made his directorial debut with the movie The Pleasure Garden, filmed in Germany and Italy.
Hitchcock made his last silent film, The Manxman, in 1929 and the same year directed Britain's fist 'talkie', Blackmail. The firsts kept coming for Hitchcock as he directed Britain's first musical, Elstree Calling, in 1930.
Over the the next decade, Hitchcock would direct many classic movies such as The 39 Steps (1935), Secret Agent (1936), starring a young up and coming actor called John Geilgud, and The Lady Vanishes (1938).
In 1938, the lure of Hollywood came with a contract worth $800,000 over 7 years to make 5 pictures. This was an offer too good to refuse and Hitchcock made his last British movie in 1939 entitled Jamaica Inn starring a young actress called Maureen O'Hara, who went on to great things in Hollywood in future years.
All of these stories and more can be found in Alfred Hitchcock: The Gainsborough Days