Film Team Hunts Lost Hitchcock

Mountain Eagle tops Brit Institute's 'Most Wanted'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2010 3:58 AM CDT
The hunt is on for Alfred Hitchcock's second movie, which the director described as "awful."   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Have you seen The Mountain Eagle? If so, the British Film Institute wants to talk to you. The 1928 silent Alfred Hitchcock thriller is top of the institute's 75-strong "Most Wanted" list of lost films. No surviving prints of the movie are known to exist, but institute officials believe a copy must be hidden away in an attic somewhere, the Guardian reports.

Other movies on the missing list include Sherlock Holmes' first screen appearance in the 1914 A Study in Scarlet. If Mountain Eagle is rediscovered it will be the centerpiece of the BFI's "Most Wanted" season, although officials warn that not every rediscovered film is a masterpiece, and Hitchcock was certainly no fan of his second-ever film. He once described it as "awful," and on learning that all known prints had been lost or destroyed, he said he wasn't sorry.

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