Category Archives: Films

Hanwells of Hanwell Rolls Royce & Bentley Specialists

For as long as I can remember, this showroom has been selling secondhand luxury cars on the Uxbridge Road in Hanwell. [Update] A recent revelation via the Twitter account @EalingCinema is that the building was once a cinema called the … Continue reading

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Champagne (1928)

This was silly but reasonably entertaining. For some reason, Gordon Harker playing a Wall Street businessman seems particularly daft but that’s silent films for you. I’ve seen this twice and I can’t remember much of the storyline. Says it all … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

The Farmer’s Wife is the first film in this chronological viewing of Hitchcock films that I can say that I have wholeheartedly enjoyed on its own merits. The exception may be The Lodger but it is hard to be sure … Continue reading

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The Ring (1927)

The story was terrible with the dullest, most unbelievable love triangle. There was no chemistry between Jack and Nellie and her change of allegiance at the end was as unmotivated as the rest of her behaviour throughout the film. However, … Continue reading

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Easy Virtue (1928)

Easy Virtue was made immediately after Downhill with some of the same cast members but I enjoyed it a lot more. I was a little unclear how we were supposed to view Larita. She didn’t tell her husband that she … Continue reading

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Hanwell Lidl

Lidl is on the site of the former tram/bus station on the Uxbridge Road in Hanwell. This is my opportunity to share this screengrab of a bus to Hanwell Garage featured in the 1938 film St Martin’s Lane starring Charles … Continue reading

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Downhill (1927)

This was certainly downhill after The Lodger. I wonder what audiences of the era thought looking at Ivor Novello failing to look remotely like a youngster. A horrible story that didn’t even bother to give Mabel a clear motive apart … Continue reading

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The Lodger (1927)

This is a Hitchcock film and it even has an appearance by the man himself to make its point. I have seen this before but I was happily watching this with the lodger as villain until it finally occurred to … Continue reading

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The Pleasure Garden (1925)

This film was made in Germany, it started off in Britain, and the two female leads were Americans. And I love this point about silent films, the actors’ nationality or accent makes no difference at all to my perception of … Continue reading

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Blogging Hitchcock

I love the films of Alfred Hitchcock. I have over the years seen practically all of his extant feature films with only a handful of pre-1934 missing from my list. Andy and I recently bought a box-set of his silent … Continue reading

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