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The Mountain Eagle (Fear o’ God)


This is the only Hitchcock film that is officially listed as “lost.” (There is someone at the IMDb who claims to have seen it, but I’m dubious.) Apparently it’s not a great loss; Hitch himself said it was a terrible film. Still, since I set out to see all of them, it’s kind of disappointing. It would have been nice, and only an hour of my time wasted …

Since I can’t write a review, I’m going to just plug in the plot, copied from Wikipedia. Actually, it sounds kind of interesting, especially John “Fear O’ God” Fulton:

The film is set in Kentucky. J. P. Pettigrew’s (Bernhard Goetzke) wife died giving birth to his son Edward (John F. Hamilton) who was born a cripple. Pettigrew hates John (“Fear o’ God”) Fulton (Malcolm Keen) who also loved Pettigrew’s wife. Pettigrew sees his now grown son making love to schoolteacher Beatrice (Nita Naldi) and seeks her out. During a discussion of her relationship to his son he attempts to take her in his arms but Beatrice rejects his advances. Pettigrew’s son Edward sees this and flees the village.

Pettigrew is incensed at both Beatrice’s rejection and the loss of his son. He attempts to have Beatrice arrested as a wanton harlot. John forestalls Pettigrew’s plan by marrying Beatrice and taking her to his cabin where they fall in love. Beatrice becomes pregnant. Pettigrew seeks revenge by having John thrown in prison for murdering his (missing) son.

A year later John breaks out of prison and attempts to flee with Beatrice and their child but Beatrice falls ill and John must return to the village for a doctor. There he finds Edward has reappeared. His affairs are now cleared up and he is legally free from the charge of murder. Pettigrew is subsequently accidentally shot and no longer a threat to John and his family.