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Though no director was credited for Dangerous Virtue, it is known that Alfred Hitchcock edited the film and wrote the titles. Hollywood actress Jane Novak is cast as icy Englishwoman Beatrice Audley, the fiancee of passionate Frenchman Leon de Brique (Warwick Ward). Certain that her fiance will cheat on her at the earliest opportunity, Beatrice tests Leon by arranging a meeting with her less-inhibited friend Sonia (Julianne Johnston). It is the first of several plot contrivances in this labyrinthine drama which manages to incorporate a London gambling den, a steamy interlude in North Africa, a suicide, and an attempted murder in the proceedings. When shown in New York, Dangerous Virtue was reportedly laughed off the screen; one suspects, however, that Alfred Hitchcock never intended this farrago to be taken seriously in the first place. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi