CHAMPAGNE
1928, Rialto, 105 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

In this effervescent romantic comedy, British star Betty Balfour plays a spoiled rich girl whose free-spending ways inspire her father (Gordon Harker) to play a trick that will teach her a little frugality - and test the true intentions of her fiancé. Though the film is far afield thematically from the director’s later work, Hitchcockian touches bubble up from the opening Champagne glass shot to the surprise ending.


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