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Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.... (Full plot summary below)

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Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's charge and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures.

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Ozus' World Movie Reviews - 9/10 by Dennis SchwartzBlame Novello for this turkey, Hitchcock did all he could to make this creaky story work with some creative visuals.
EmanuelLevy.Com - 7/10 by Emanuel LevyThough not one of Hitchcock's best silents, Downhill, based on theatrical sketches, intriduces themes and images, such as the shared guilt and the prominence of staircases, that would recur in his future, better films.
Radio Times - 6/10 by David ParkinsonIt's unabashed melodrama, but nevertheless wholly cinematic.
User Review - 8/10 by Camille LIt really is very rewarding to watch the silent Hitchcock films. He had a fine eye for setup right from the start and some of the camera shots (including an upside down angle) are very clever. It really doesn't matter too much about the plot (and there's nothing wrong with this one), because his films are just engaging to look at. Ivor Novello, quite a remarkable actor, gets to use his face to every advantage, as his character falls from societal and family graces and goes on a spiral "downhill" as the title suggests. Isabel Jeans does a turn as a golddigger who contributes to his downfall, but the film belongs to Novello, and he is as fascinating in this as he was in Hitchcock's previous effort, "The Lodger". The version of the film that I have on DVD has no accompanying music as well, so it is an interesting effect to watch an 82 minute film in silence. And Hitchcock keeps you engaged the whole time. Well done!
User Review - 8/10 by Anthony KProbably his best silent to date. The music, if it was the original score, was timeless in its contemporary introspective feel. The story was engaging the entire way & the visual effects, while primitive, were evocative. Definitely a sign of things to come fore Hitchcock & a break from his earlier works.
User Review - 6/10 by Joel AThe story for "Downhill" was good, but it was also a little hard to follow at times. Another problem is that the story isn't very engaging until the final act. If you're interested in seeing Hitchcock's earlier movies, watch it. Otherwise, you won't be missing much.
User Review - 6/10 by Matthew DA solid psychological drama brought to life by clever techniques and Ivor Novella's typical, brilliant pathos.
User Review - 6/10 by Ken STwo young college boys get caught up in a scandal when a young girl gets pregnant...she accuses one of being the father, and is expelled...while the real father of the child remains in school as a captain of the rugby team and keeping his scholarship and the pride of his father. If I were the guy accused I wouldn't have kept silent to let some other loser keep his daddy's approval. Then it sends the accused's life into a spiral of losing his father's approval, money run dry by a bad marriage, and becoming a gigolo. It is a solid drama, certainly better than Hitchcock's "The Ring", but not that much better. It definitely has a better style and is well told...I'll give it that much.
User Review - 4/10 by Massimo BDi Hitchcock, come del maiale, non si butta via niente. Anche se questa commedia non è proprio il prosciutto, diciamo...
User Review - 4/10 by Mark SProbably the most dated film I've ever seen; it has no sound whatsoever and there are hardly any intertitles. Plus all the men appear to be wearing makeup, even when they're playing rugby! Ivor Novello plays a public schoolboy who is expelled when wrongly accused of impregnating a waitress. It's okay but not one of Hitchcock's best.

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