Intertitle of the Week: ‘ome

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The cockney traveler’s lament.

From THE RETURN OF THE RAT, directed by Graham Cutts and starring Britain’s top film star of the mid-twenties, Ivor Novello. This is a sequel to THE RAT, from the same team, augmented by assistant director Alfred Hitchcock, which sadly isn’t available anywhere I know of (see Comments). Hitch and Cutts became enemies after that production, with Cutts objecting to Michael Balcon’s giving Hitch a directing gig. According to Hitch and Alma Reville, Hitch was of invaluable help to Cutts, and Cutts resented that. Hitch also considered Cutts, to put it bluntly, visually illiterate.

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Looking at THE RETURN OF THE RAT, it seems that Cutts was perfectly competent, but perhaps uninspired, and it’s possible that the Hitchcockian suggestions he rejected were the more interesting ones. The movie does have Novello swanning around Paris in sharp suits, as a semi-reformed apache who’s made good, and Hitchcock alumni Gordon Harker, Marie Ault, and Isabel Jeans. And also,  special guest spot by the Virtual Reality Josephine Baker ~

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4 Responses to “Intertitle of the Week: ‘ome”

  1. Christopher Says:

    ” ‘ere now..and just whos this Shepherd bloke eh?..You’d better come along with me to Scotland Yard young fella..

  2. Good job he’s not from Upper Holloway.

  3. Tony Williams Says:

    David. According to iufoffer.com. THE RAT is available, if this is the version co-starring Mae Marsh.

  4. Cool! Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on it eventually. I’ll amend “not available” not “not available in the UK unless I pay money for it”.

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