The Mountain Eagle (1926)
|Gaetano di Ventimiglia|
|black & white|
|silent with English intertitles|
|Gainsborough Pictures & Emelka|
|Wardour Films (UK)|
Pettigrew, a shop-keeper in a mountain town of Kentucky, falls in love with the teacher, Beatrice. The girl doesn't consider him as a lover, so he gets angry and accuses her of molesting his son Edward who has a mental illness. The girl marries the hermit, Fear O'God Fulton in order to calm the people's anger and day by day she falls in love with her husband and a child is born. Pettigrew hides Edward and charges the hermit with his son's murder. Fear O'God is imprisoned but he escapes and takes refuge in the mountain with his wife and son.
Eliot Stannard started developing the scenario from Lapworth's story during the autumn of 1925 and it was completed shortly after Hitchcock arrived in Munich to begin filming. The most in-depth description of the synopsis of the film was published in The Bioscope.
The international cast included British actor Malcolm Keen, American "vamp" actress Nita Naldi, here cast against-type as the Kentucky schoolteacher, and German actor Bernhard Goetzke who Hitchcock had befriended during the filming of Die Prinzessin und der Geiger.
The primary source of information about the film's production comes from an article Hitchcock wrote in 1937:
Filming dragged on over Christmas 1925 and was completed in January 1926.
On the boat crossing back to England, Alfred Hitchcock proposed to Alma Reville during a storm. Bedridden with seasickness, Alma recalled "I was too ill to lift my head, but not so ill that I couldn't make an affirmative gesture."
Release & Reception
According to J.L. Kuhns' authoritative essay on the film, published in the Hitchcock Annual, the film was screened in Berlin in May 1926, then shown to the British press in October 1926 before being scheduled for public release in May 1927. However, there is seemingly no evidence that the film was ever released commercially in the UK and film historian Jenny Hammerton has speculated that the distributor Wardour Films may have shelved it in favour of releasing "Downhill" — this would help explain the lack of any known surviving prints..
No known prints of the "The Mountain Eagle" have survived and the film is currently listed on the BFI's Most Wanted list.
For further relevant information about this film, see also...
- Articles about The Mountain Eagle (1926)
- Complete Cast and Crew
- Web links to information, articles, reviews, etc
Cast and Crew
- Nita Naldi - Beatrice
- Malcolm Keen - John "Fear o' God" Fulton
- John F Hamilton - Edward Pettigrew
- Bernhard Goetzke - Mr Pettigrew
- Ferdinand Martini
Art Direction by:
- "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light" - by Patrick McGilligan, 71
- "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light" - by Patrick McGilligan, page 73
- BFI most-wanted: The Mountain Eagle
- The Bioscope (1926) - The Mountain Eagle
- "Hitchcock" - by François Truffaut, page 39
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