Downhill (When Boys Leave Home)
Downhill (When Boys Leave Home) (1927)

The black sheep of a prosperous family's life begins its downward spiral when he is expelled from school after shielding a friend from punishment. Following several desultory adventures, Novello weds faithless actress Isabel Jeans, who… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1927
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bob Baker
Time Out

It's directed by Hitchcock with imagination and, especially in the first half, much comedy.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Blame Novello for this turkey, Hitchcock did all he could to make this creaky story work with some creative visuals.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

It's unabashed melodrama, but nevertheless wholly cinematic.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Astutely keyed to Murnau, Hitchcock finds visual invention everywhere

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though 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.

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