Did Alfred Hitchcock hide one of his “lost films”?

Friday, 9 July, 2010

The British Film Institute is on the hunt for a “lost” 1928 film made by Alfred Hitchcock, titled “The Mountain Eagle”, and believe that someone, somewhere, has a copy of it.

Their work may however be cut for them by Hitchcock himself, who was said not to be particularly pleased with the work, possibly accounting for its apparent disappearance.

It was filmed in the Austrian Tyrol – standing in for the mountains of Kentucky of the plot – and got reasonable reviews, though it was completely overshadowed by the success of his next film, The Lodger, a thriller set in peasouper London fogs. All prints were apparently lost or destroyed during Hitchcock’s lifetime, and he growled that he was “not sorry”.

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