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Lost Hitchcock film, 'The White Shadow,' discovered in New Zealand

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In this image released by the National Film Preservation Foundation, Betty Compson, center, is shown in a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock film, "The White Shadow." The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation announced the discovery of the 1923 film, thought to be the earliest surviving feature by Alfred Hitchcock.

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English suspense film director Alfred Hitchcock holding a cigar.

AP reports:

LOS ANGELES — Alfred Hitchcock is still surprising his fans.

Film preservationists say they've found the first half of "The White Shadow," the earliest surviving feature film on which Hitchcock has a credit.

The first three reels of the six-reel film made in 1923 were discovered by the National Film Preservation Foundation at the New Zealand Film Archive.

"The White Shadow" was directed by Graham Cutts, and Hitchcock is credited as writer, assistant director, editor and art director. Hitchcock's own directing debut came two years later.

 

 

As a kid, some of my first memories of television were his iconic introductions to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." Only later did I learn what a great director he was.

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