21. The Ring (1927)
Stars: Carl Brisson, Lillian Hall-Davis, Ian Hunter, Forrester Harvey, Harry Terry, Gordon Harker
Before he mastered the art of sound in his later, universally adored classics, Hitchcock spent seven years working in the silent film format. While only 28-years-old, he wrote (atypically for the predominantly visually minded artist) and directed The Ring, a dangerous love story about a woman (Lillian Hall-Davis) torn between equally passionate connections to two boxers.
A simple, restrained character study, this early Hitch effort shows the director's already-sharp eye for detail, as in how Hall-Davis' character casually hides her side-piece's gift to her (a serpentine bracelet), whenever she's in the presence of her husband.