The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) announced this week that they had discovered the first 30 minutes of The White Shadow, a 1923 silent film considered to be the first credit by Alfred Hitchcock. Although Hitchcock did not direct the movie — Graham Curtis did — the now-legendary filmmaker, then 24, served as assistant director, editor, and production designer. The British melodrama follows twin sisters — one evil, one good — both played by Betty Compson, and co-stars Clive Brook. Read more details, including information on its American “re-premiere,” after the jump.

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