Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/8/2011 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1924 silent film 'The White Shadow' was an early Hitchcock effort

Three reels of the 1924 British silent film "The White Shadow," was recently unearthed in New Zealand. An early effort from the Master of Suspense, director Alfred Hitchcock, film historians have heralded it a momentous find. 

The story of twin sisters, one evil and one innocent, 'The White Shadow's' star, American actress Betty Compson, plays both parts.

The story of twin sisters, one evil and one innocent, "The White Shadow's" star, American actress Betty Compson, plays both parts.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/8/2011 (3 years ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Alfred Hitcock, silent movie, New Zealand


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hitchcock served as "The White Shadow's" assistant director, writer, editor and production designer. Made in Britain, where Hitchcock was born and began his career, "Shadow" was distributed by an American company. 

"We were sort of the end of the line, I think, from the U.S. They obviously traveled to Australia and across to New Zealand, and then when it got to the last screenings in New Zealand here, these productions were just destroyed," Brian Scadden, the head of the laboratory at Park Road Post Production in Wellington says.

A local projectionist kept the film and left it to the New Zealand Film Archive after his death in 1989. 

Leslie Anne Lewis, an American audio visual archive specialist examined the collection and came upon three reels. 

"They were filled with really striking images, images that were enough to pique my curiosity, so I decided that night to start trying to identify the film," Lewis says.  "And during my inspection, I was able to identify two of the film's stars, Betty Compson and Clive Brook, and the film's distributor, Selznick [Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises].

"I realized that this was most likely a film that Alfred Hitchcock had worked on," she said. "It was quite a surprise, and it was the middle of the night when I realized this, and I had no one that I could call and tell!"

The story of twin sisters, one evil and one innocent, "The White Shadow's" star, American actress Betty Compson, plays both parts. Park Road Post Production's Brian Scadden says the film has unique tints that emphasize its drama.

"There's one part where the leading lady, she goes into the bedroom, and it's an amber tint, and then she switches the light off, and it goes to quite a bluey-green tint," Scadden says. "So, whatever the mood is, whatever the time of day is, they have a different tint."

Film researchers will continue to look for remaining reels of the movie, which may have been destroyed or disintegrated.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.



Comments


More Movies

'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' tops list of films imported to China Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Snooty American film critics may have turned their noses up at it - but China got their Transformers on with "Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. The U.S. film sequel, based on a series of popular toys in the 1980s, was China's biggest grossing foreign film this ... continue reading


Tim Burton, Michael Keaton may reunited for 'Beetlejuice 2' - maybe Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Among the most unsteady and unreliable of all worlds is the world of the Hollywood sequel or remake. Director Tim Burton, currently promoting "Big Eyes" and actor Michael Keaton are busy these days, but there is a chance that the duo may reunite to do a sequel ... continue reading


Actor Harrison Ford reported 'on board' for 'Blade Runner' sequel Watch

Image of In the original

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

"Blade Runner," based on Phillip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was released to confusion and indifference when it was first released in 1982. Audiences found it too slow and too dream-like, accustomed to they were to the slam-bang space ... continue reading


Move over Hollywood - CHINA set to eclipse Hollywood as world's largest film and media giant Watch

Image of China's film industry is now the largest in the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Perhaps lured by the heady success surrounding show business, Tembusu Partners, a private firm based in Singapore has sunk a $100 million investment into China's media and entertainment industry. The agreement has teamed up media magnate Calvin Cheng as well as the ... continue reading


Actress Catherine Deneuve accepts lifetime achievement award - with lethal wit Watch

Image of At 70, actress Catherine Deneuve is still very much active in films.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Internationally renowned for her timeless beauty and contributions to classic films for nearly half a century, actress Catherine Deneuve. Receiving a lifetime achievement award in Berlin at the European film awards, Deneuve accepted her award with some biting wit. ... continue reading


Footage of Walt Disney's first cartoon star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit turns up near Arctic Circle Watch

Image of After losing control to the Oswald character to Universal Studios, both Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created the far more popular Mickey Mouse in retaliation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Sooner or later, everything that is lost is found again. Walt Disney's first animated hero, Oswald, the Lucky rabbit predated Mickey Mouse and was created by Disney partner Ub Iwerks. Very little, if any footage of Oswald had survived - until a short subject ... continue reading


Honoring best in TV, movies, Golden Globe nominations for 2015 announced Watch

Image of There was good news for Meryl Streep, who gained praise for her role in

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Celebrating the very best in film and television, the nominees for the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced. There were some surprising nominations, along with some surprise snubs in the list of nominations. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


Budgeted at $300 MILLION, new James Bond production advised to 'use less trains' Watch

Image of Super spy James Bond lights up the screen once again in the forthcoming sequel

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Seeing as the previous entry in the James Bond movie franchise, "Skyfall" raked in over a billion dollars, the budget for the next film in the series, "Spectre" is set at a staggering $300 million. The producers are showing some restraint: the latest directive ... continue reading


'Godfather' actor Joe Mantegna will star, produce film on life of St. Padre Pio Watch

Image of Actor Joe Mantegna, best known for

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Actor Joe Mantegna, best known for "The Three Amigos" and "The Godfather Part III" is to star as St. Padre Pio in a new film about the saint. Mantegna will also produce the film, according to the St. Pio Foundation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mantegna ... continue reading


Netflix adds new movies - and DUMPS many film fan favorites Watch

Image of This holiday season, be sure to watch the movies you want while you can! Check out our long list of discontinued titles at the conclusion of this article!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nation's leading subscription movie service, Netflix, is gearing up for this holiday season's film-watching marathons. Netflix is stocking their shelves with some of the greatest and latest movies...but beware, some of your favorite movies may shortly be ... continue reading


All Movies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 18th, 2014 Image

St. Rufus
December 18: Rufus and Zosimus were citizens of Antioch (or perhaps Philippi) ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter