Genre Guesstimation – The Pleasure Garden (1925)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Michael Eddy and it is Hitchcockian Films.

Hitchcock films by the master himself and the best “Hitchcock films” not directed by Hitchcock.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of January by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Mike!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Hitchcockian Films Movies.

“I had to meet you because I was charmed by that lovely curl of hair. ” – Theatergoer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two roommates who both work at a dance hall deal with love and life.

My Take on it – In my attempt to eventually watch all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, I decided to give his debut feature a shot.

I’m not the biggest fan of silent films, but when The Master is involved, you never know what can happen.

This film was extremely boring and I didn’t find either of the women featured here to have interesting storylines.

The added fact that both women look and dress quite similar also doesn’t help, because it’s sometime a big difficult differentiating between them.

This is a perfect example of an early film by a breakout director that due to his/her lack f clout in the industry was forced to make an inferior film with an inferior script just to try and start making a name for themselves.

Bottom Line – This was sooo boring. The stories of the two women weren’t interesting at all and the fact that they both look very similar also doesn’t help this film much. This was Hitchcock’s debit film, but he was still many years away from hitting his stride and being able to choose his scripts.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although shot in 1925, and shown to the British press in March 1926, the film wasn’t actually released in the UK until after The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) was a massive hit in 1927. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. This came out way before Hitchcock hit his stride and this is among his worst films.

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Pleasure Garden (1925)

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