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It's too bad you haven't seen "The Pleasure Garden" as it's out there (in two somewhat different copies). There's the unrestored original with some minor scenes missing, but that copy contains a nice score and what seems to be the very clever original title cards (the other has simply black titles with white lettering).
The newer 'restored' (that's what they called it) version containing more footage, but actually with a shorter run time because the film was recorded too fast. As I remember, it has an organ score.
This is a wonderful film and very much a Hitchcock kind of story. I enjoyed the original, especially because of the title cards designed to reflect what's going on in that part of the story. With his background in creating titles, that's also very Hitchcock.
With "Manxman" (a big favorite of mine), I wish there was some way to identify the name of the baby girl seen in the story. I personally believe it was actually Pat Hitchcock when she was a baby since both her parents worked on making "Manxman" and she would have been just about that same age. With both parents on the set and the fact that it was a baby girl in the story, it's hard to imagine they would go looking for another.
It's one of those questions that probably will never be answered with facts, but the evidence seems to support my guess that they used Pat in the story.