THE SHOCK
1923, Universal, 96 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer

Horror legend Lon Chaney stars as “Dope peddler, safe cracker, gun - man Wilse Dilling,” who is sent to San Francisco to blackmail a banker but falls for his daughter instead. This fine silent melodrama features a recreation of the devastating 1906 earthquake.


THE PLEASURE GARDEN
1926, British Film Institute, 90 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Fans of Alfred Hitchcock will likely notice familiar visual cues and themes in his directorial debut, which was released only after THE LODGER had proven a hit. American silent star Virginia Valli plays Patsy Brand, a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden Theatre who befriends aspiring performer Jill Cheyne (Carmelita Geraghty). While Jill trifles with her many suitors, Patsy is faithful to her man - and it almost costs her her life.


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