Rent Champagne (1928)

3.0 of 5 from 48 ratings
1h 25min
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Synopsis:
Betty (Betty Balfour) is a spoilt rich girl who leads a life of luxury on the profits from her father's (Gordon Harker) champagne business. However, when she decides to elope with her fortune-hunting suitor, daddy decides that enough is enough: He tells her that his business has crashed and that there's no more money. Betty must now must face the glamourous 1920's from a very different perspective and discover the world of work - how will she cope?
Actors:
, , Ferdinand von Alten, , , Vivian Gibson, , , , , Gwen Mannering, Balliol and Merton, , , Sunday Wilshin,
Directors:
Producers:
John Maxwell
Writers:
Alfred Hitchcock, Walter C. Mycroft
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Comedy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
27/02/2007
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English, Silent
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Scene from the original silent version of 'Blackmail'
  • Alternative ending to Murder!
  • Introductions to all films by Director / Film Historian Noel Simsolo
  • Blackmail: Take with Anny Ondra (Hitchcock's first 'Blonde')
  • 52 Minute Documentary: 'Hitchcock's Early Works' with Claude Chabrol and Bernard Eisenschitz
  • Picture Gallery

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Reviews (1) of Champagne

Hitch loses his way. - Champagne review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
24/02/2021

This is a silent screwball comedy about a feckless it-girl, an American abroad in Paris, who is taught a lesson by her rich dad who pretends to have lost the lot on the stock exchange, so she has to get a job!

Hitch might not quite have the Lubitsch touch, but it is pleasant enough frou-frou with a couple of real laughs.

The big weakness of the film is the lead, the ex-revue performer Betty Balfour, who was only 25 but already looked a bit matronly for the role and lacks the charisma of Clara Bow who was making these sorts of films in Hollywood. Gordon Harker takes the honours as her father, a Wall Street high roller. Not the sort of part he played after the coming of sound! 

The Master of Suspense was seen by British International Pictures as a comedy director and they were refusing to allow Hitch to develop his own ideas and style. There is little visual élan. The best is  a point of view shot of a couple of tango dancers seen through a glass of... champagne.   Something had to give.

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