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Easy Virtue

Released Mar 5, 1928 1h 19m Drama Romance List
63% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 25% Audience Score 500+ Ratings An alcoholic's (Franklin Dyall) ex-wife (Isabel Jeans) falls in love with a younger man (Robin Irvine). Read More Read Less

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Anna Smith Time Out The first half of the film, an addition detailing events only described in the play, is pure Hitchcock, its combination of conciseness and idiosyncrasy demonstrating his mastery of silent narration. Sep 9, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Based on Noel Coward's play, this Hitchcock critique of the the upper class, centers on a disreputable woman, a heroine type that he would return to in later films, such as Notorious and Marnie. Rated: B- Nov 12, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Sticks in the ribs like over baked mush. Rated: C+ Sep 17, 2010 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion An overlooked film despite the abundance of invention Dec 15, 2009 Full Review Sean O'Connell Charlotte Weekly The main reason to stop on PBS when the network airs "Easy Virtue" a few months from now is to witness Biel's complete departure. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 19, 2009 Full Review TV Guide Coward's strength was sparkling dialogue, which makes his work a poor fit for the silent cinema. Rated: 2/5 Sep 9, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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michael d Reasonably entertaining early Hitchcock. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A shockingly uncompelling plot of a woman's history coming back to haunt here…only her past isn't that bad, the people judging her are implausibly over-critical, her husband is a scared fish of a man, and the entire culture of this world seems interested in this story for no good reason. It's basically The Bachelor without Chris Harrison…and who needs that? The cold-opening in the courtroom is the only part that shows some real Hitchcock genius. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review joel h I think Easy Virtue would have worked better if we wouldn't have known Larita's background until John's family discovered it. Seeing it all laid out at the beginning of the movie removes much of the suspense. And even at only 80 minutes, the simple story feels too drawn-out. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member These basically weren't Hitch's films, at this stage in his career he was still essentially a Director for hire. There are some fantastic visual touches and tricks in the opening half hour that show the talent he had, the film itself though is fairly dull and flat. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Not one of his best, but entertaining nonetheless. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a little bit of a sleeper Hitchcock movie about social shunning, but it was worth it (for me) for the final line, "Shoot! There's nothing left to kill." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis An alcoholic's (Franklin Dyall) ex-wife (Isabel Jeans) falls in love with a younger man (Robin Irvine).
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
Michael Balcon
Screenwriter
Noël Coward, Eliot Stannard
Distributor
Grapevine Video
Production Co
Gainsborough Pictures
Genre
Drama, Romance
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 5, 1928, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 11, 2005
Runtime
1h 19m