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Film / The Pleasure Garden

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The Pleasure Garden is an Anglo-German silent film from 1925. It is notable as the directorial debut of one Alfred Hitchcock.

Patsy Brand and Jill Cheyne are chorus girls at the Pleasure Garden Theatre in London. After her fiancé Hugh Fielding leaves to work on an overseas tropical plantation, Jill begins cheating on him. Meanwhile, Patsy gets married to Mr. Levet, who will be joining Hugh on the plantation.

Anyway, the ending involves a ghost.

This film has the examples of:

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Jill and Levet both take new love interests whilst being separated from their significant others.
  • Crash into Hello: Patsy meets Hugh when she trips over him.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Patsy's dog Cuddles goes into a barking frenzy when he sees Levet.
    "Odd, isn't it - he never barked at Hugh."
  • Hypocrite: After Patsy has caught him cheating on her with a native girl, Levet has the gall to get upset about Hugh putting the moves on Patsy.
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  • Match Cut: Patsy waving goodbye to Levet fades into the native girl waving hello.
  • The Mistress: After marrying Patsy, Levet goes to the overseas plantation and takes a native girl as his mistress.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: What do you do after your wife discovers that you have a mistress? Drown your mistress in the sea, of course! That'll fix everything!
  • No Name Given: Levet's native mistress is never given a name.
  • Unable to Support a Wife: Hugh is working on the plantation so that he'll have enough money to support Jill.