The Farmer’s Wife (1928)

I wonder if this film was based on a play?
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 how I feel about it as a film since it is so familiar. I think it helped that The Farmer’s Wife was based on a play so it already had a strong story with well-drawn characters. I thought it was very funny with some splendid performances. I have really enjoyed the two performances I have seen from Lillian Hall-Davis and it makes me sad even over eighty years later thinking of her tragic end.  

The unexpected ending

Appearance by a cat or dog: two spaniels/pack of hounds/plus various farmyard animals

Transport: horses (notably a piebald one)/pony and trap

Source: The Early Hitchcock Collection (Optimum Releasing)

A walk around Walthamstow

I travelled across London to get my haircut. In order to justify this I went for a walk around Walthamstow with a diversion to Chingford.

Many years ago I went on a work’s night out at Walthamstow dogs. I’m not sure I’m that happy about the idea of greyhound racing now but then it was a fun night out. I’m glad they aren’t knocking it all down and I suspect the replacement is more unaffordable housing.

Walthamstow Stadium

Talking of Art Deco, Walthamstow Town Hall is a fine example (and it is massive).

Walthamstow Town Hall

I was intrigued by these handprints on a mirrored window at the nearby magistrates’ court.

Hand prints

I caught a bus to Chingford (first things that come to mind when I think of Chingford is Norman Tebbit and Birds of a Feather). I got off at the station and the first thing I saw was Epping Forest (and a golf course). It is odd to see this view in London.

Epping Forest

I went back to Walthamstow and saw the three best ghost signs I’ve seen in ages all around the St James Street area.

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And after I ate the most delicious fast food that I have had in ages (totally fresh gözleme from the Yildrim Bakery) standing on the platform at St James Street station looking at a ruined pub:

80 Brunner Road

I took a self portrait to show off my grey hair and my great new haircut by Claire.

Self portrait

The Market

The Market on Studley Grange Road

I may have lived here nearly 20 years but it was only today that my attention was arrested by this sign for The Market at the top of Studley Grange Road. Essentially it means that SGR begins about 20 metres south of Boston Road. I’m intrigued by what was at the top of the road on the other side where the flats are – Victorian houses that were pulled down or maybe there were shops and other businesses there?

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, despite this, the film was a lot of fun to watch. The fine looking leads gave equally fine performances. But it was the extras that made it so enjoyable. The fairground and boxing scenes looked authentic, there was great trick photography for the Albert Hall, a thoroughly delightful jazzy dance at a party, inventive camera angles, and a variety of special effects.

Alma fact: uncredited writer & continuity
Source: The Early Hitchcock Collection (Optimum Releasing)