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Downhill (1927)

aka Downhill

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Details: 80 mins · English, Silent film


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No_movie_poster Roddy Berwick
No_movie_poster Tim Wakely
Small Julia
Small Archie
No_movie_poster Mabel
No_movie_poster Sybil Wakely
No_movie_poster Lady Berwick
Small The Poet
No_movie_poster Sir Thomas Berwick


Small Alfred Hitchcock Director
Small Constance Collier Screenplay
No_movie_poster Eliot Stannard Adaptation
No_movie_poster Ivor Novello Screenplay
No_movie_poster Michael Balcon Production
No_movie_poster Ivor Montagu Editing


At an expensive English boarding school for boys, Roddy Berwick (Ivor Novello) is School Captain and star rugby player. He and his best friend Tim (Robin Irvine) start seeing a waitress Mabel (Annette Benson). Out of pique, she tells the headmaster that she is pregnant and that Roddy is the father. In fact it was Tim, who cannot afford to be expelled because he needs to win a scholarship to attend Oxford University. Promising Tim that he will never reveal the truth, Roddy accepts expulsion.

Returning to his parents’ home, he finds that his father (Norman McKinnel) believes him guilty of the false accusation.

Leaving home, Roddy finds work as an actor in a theatre. He marries the leading actress Julia (Isabel Jeans) after inheriting £30,000 from a relation. The unfaithful Julia secretly continues an affair with her leading man (Ian Hunter) and discards Roddy after his inheritance is exhausted. He becomes a gigolo in a Paris music hall but soon quits over self loathing at romancing older women for money.

Roddy ends up alone and delirious in a shabby room in Marseilles. Some sailors take pity on him and ship him back home, possibly hoping for reward. Roddy's father has learned the truth about the waitress's false accusation during his son's absence and joyfully welcomes him back. Roddy resumes his previous life.

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