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The Manxman (1929)



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Alfred Hitchcock's last silent film is a melodrama that must have felt familiar even in 1929. Two best friends fall in love with the same girl, who makes a rash promise to one, forcing the other to keep silent as a matter of honor. A cascade of classic soap operatic plot developments ensue. The men fall too neatly into types to feel quite real, but the female character, beautifully played by Anny Ondra (better known for the next Hitchcock film, Blackmail), has a strong enough story arc to make the film work.