Rare footage from Alfred Hitchcock’s first film The White Shadow has been discovered in New Zealand. Three reels were found among some unidentified American nitrate prints, which were left at the New Zealand Film Archive in 1989.
The White Shadow was made in 1923 when Hitchcock was 24. It is a silent movie in black and white. Hitchcock was writer, assistant director, editor and production designer on the drama, which starred Clive Brook and Betty Compson.
David Sterritt, chairman of the National Society of Film Critics, called the find invaluable and said that it would help study the way Hitchcock’s mind developed over the years.