Free movies of the week: Hitchcock's earliest surviving film unearthed

Long thought lost, "The White Shadow" (1924) debuts on National Film Preservation Foundation website.

Pictured: Betty Compson in "The White Shadow" (1924)

Normally the Free movies of the week column runs on Friday, but news like this demands our attention.

A 30-minute segment of The White Shadow, the earliest surviving film that Alfred Hitchcock worked on, will air starting today on on National Film Preservation Foundation website.

The film is signed by Graham Cutts, a film exhibitor who became a director in 1922 and later co-founded London's prestigious Gainsborough Films studios. Hitchcock, who adapted the screenplay from Michael Morton's novel Children of Chance, also receives credit as the film's editor, production designer, art director, set decorator, and assistant director.

Michael M. Mortilla composed the score and film notes will be provided by David Sterritt. The film, made available from source material provided by the New Zealand Film Archive, will be streamed for two months.

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