Alfred Hitchcock’s Downhill turned out to be one of those silent movies I find really hard to pay attention to. It may have something to do with the hideous piano music in the restored bluray edition. I should dock it some points for that, but dock from what?
“One Round” Jack is a show boxer at a circus. The Girl sells tickets to Jack‘s fights. One day, Bob Corby—the reigning Australian heavy-weight champion—shows up and kicks Jack‘s arse. The Girl then immediately falls in love with Bob Corby. But fear not, all hope is not lost; Jack will only have to kick Bob Corby‘s arse a little harder to win back his true love.
I find this a little strange.
Plus points for presenting soothsayers as con artists on the big screen in 1927, but there’s no getting around the fact that this is essentially a sports movie from the middle ages.