In Neuseeland haben sie drei (von sechs) Filmrollen des 1924 gedrehten „The White Shadow“ gefunden, dem ersten Film von Alfred Hitchcock. Dangerous Minds hat jede Menge Stills aus dem Film, leider ohne die Quelle anzugeben. Die ganze Story steht beim Neuseeländer Filmarchiv, aus der Meldung beim Hollywood Reporter:
Just in time for the filmmaker’s 112th birthday, archivists and preservationists in New Zealand have announced the discovery of the first half of a 1924 film thought to be Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest surviving feature.
For The White Shadow, an atmospheric British melodrama picked up for international distribution by Hollywood’s Lewis J. Selznick Enterprises, Hitchcock is credited as assistant director, art director, editor and writer. He was 24 when he worked on the film; his feature directorial debut would come soon afterward on The Pleasure Garden (1925).
The film, which stars Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sisters — one angelic and the other “without a soul” — turned up among the cache of unidentified American nitrate prints safeguarded at the New Zealand Film Archive in Wellington. The first three reels of the six-reel feature were found; no other copy is known to exist.