Watch Alfred Hitchcock’s First Film, ‘The White Shadow’


With HBO’s maddeningly awful The Girl out earlier this fall and the hopefully-much-better biopic Hitchcock scheduled to debut on Friday, America has entered a period of renewed Alfred Hitchcock mania. The National Film Preservation Fund has just added some fuel to this rekindled fire, making the 1924 film The White Shadow available to stream. Although Graham Cutts is credited as the director and Hitchcock with assistant directing, editing, set design, and scenario duties, in truth they directed the movie together — making The White Shadow Hitch’s first feature.

Lost for decades, three reels of the six-reel film that had been donated to the NFPF in 1989 were identified in 2011 as belonging to The White Shadow. Now that the foundation has posted them online, you can watch the first 43 minutes of the movie, which ends with a helpful summary of what happens in the second half. When you’re done with that, be sure to check the beginner’s guide to Hitchcock that we posted just last week. [via Boing Boing]