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The Prude's Fall

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The Prude's Fall
Directed byGraham Cutts
Written by
Produced byMichael Balcon
CinematographyHal Young
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
  • November 23, 1925 (1925-11-23)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Prude's Fall is a 1925 British silent drama film directed by Graham Cutts and starring Jane Novak, Julanne Johnston, and Warwick Ward.[1][2]

The film was shot at Islington Studios, produced by a company that would soon develop into Gainsborough Pictures. It was an adaptation of a play by Rudolph Besier and May Edington with the screenplay written by Alfred Hitchcock. Its German title is Seine zweite Frau. It was also known by the alternative title of Dangerous Virtue.

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As described in a film magazine review,[3] Beatrice Audley breaks her engagement with Captain le Briquet and he marries her acquaintance Sonia Roubetsky. Sonia and her friend Laura Westonry previously had admitted to Beatrice that they were both women with a "past." Fearing to spoil their happiness, Sonia withholds Sonia's confession of her past from the Captain. When he learns of this, he believes Beatrice did this to wreck his life. Sonia commits suicide and the Captain devises an unpleasant revenge scheme against the woman he believes tricked him. The Captain goes about his plan of making Beatrice love him, which comes to the point where she is ready to give herself to the man she loves when he suggests an arrangement omitting the marriage ceremony. His plan then is to afterwards cast her off. However, he discovers that Beatrice had acted in a spirit of sacrifice, and the Captain and Beatrice have a wedding.




It was not very well regarded. Iris Barry's review in the Daily Mail ran as follows: "An English picture, not of first-rate quality, but with an interesting cast."[4] A review in the American Film Daily complained that "the story has been put together in a haphazard fashion with the various sequences happening along in a disjointed manner that fails to keep the interest centered in any one character or situation."[3]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Prude's Fall at
  3. ^ a b "Dangerous Virtue". The Film Daily. New York City: Wid's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 38 (32): 11. 7 November 1926. Retrieved 19 December 2023. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Daily Mail, 23 November 1925, p. 6.


  • Chapman, Gary. London's Hollywood: The Gainsborough Studio in the Silent Years. Edditt, 2014.
  • Maurice Yacowar & Barry Keith Grant. Hitchcock's British Films. Wayne State University Press, 2010.

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