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Alfred Hitchcock-The Director. The Movies and his TV show

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Alfred Hitchcock-The Director. The Movies and his TV show
Going to make subthreads (and it will take awhile) about each of his movies and his TV show.

The opening subthread will be everything about his TV show "Alfred Hitchcock Presents",both the 1/2 hour and full hour, the ones he himself directed, and the others followed by more subthreads

(if we can, wait to comment til each subthread is established please, then comment in that subthread about that topic).
So far in order of posts below-the following films have a category- will slowly get the others

Strangers on a Train-Farley Granger,Robert Walker, Patricia Hitchcock, Laura Elliott(Kacey Rogers), Leo G. Carroll
North by Northwest-Cary Grant
The Birds-Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette
Vertigo- Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart with Barbara Bel Geddes
Rear Window-Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, Raymond Burr
Rope- Farley Granger, John Dall & Jimmy Stewart
To Catch a Thief -Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
I confess- Montgomery Clift
The wrong man- Henry Fonda

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Reply Alfred Hitchcock-The Director. The Movies and his TV show (Original post)
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longship Jan 2013 #34
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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:53 PM

1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents-TV show, both 1/2 hour & 1 hour. Plus the 17 episodes Hitch directed

 

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Alfred Hitchock presents ran from 1955-1962.
7 seasons of some of the great short stories alot of them with the delicious irony Hitchcock was known for.

268 episodes
17 episodes directed by Alfred Hitchcock himself

Utilizing his fame, he got actors old, and just starting out, the cream of the crop both from the US and London's finest too.

Hundreds of character actors, those you see in all the classic movies.

Hitchcock himself appeared 3 times- at the start of the show, at the finish of the piece, and after a short break, at the very end. He made a running gag of being against the sponsors, literally biting the hands that fed him.

I can't recall any director ever being so involved like this, and of course in his movies, he inserted himself a cameo in almost every film(and all his later films).

The sponsors at the time made sure that the perps never got away with the crimes
so sometimes it took a little explanation afterward, tongue firmly in cheek on some of them.

Currently, AntennaTV network shows the 1/2 hour episodes
METV shows the one hour episodes

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:58 PM

4. The Birds starring Rod Taylor Tippy Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:00 PM

8. TH wears a lovebird-green outfit. ;-) Paglia refers to the Maiden, Wife, Crone triad.

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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:41 PM

26. Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid-1955 Barry Fitzgerald, Virginia Gregg & YES Tony Blankely

 

This was his Christmas episode, in a way more Twilight Zone than Hitchcock.

And with a happy ending.

A trivia note-one of the staring boys who line up to meet Santa Claus is none other than
Tony Blankely, YES that Tony Blankley. I had no idea til I watched it this week twice on Antenna TV(see the thread in the classic tv group forum on Antenna).
Think he was 6 or 7 I guess when it was shown in 1955

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:46 PM

28. I'm GOBSMACKED! I will read further!

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:54 PM

2. Strangers on a Train Starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Patricia Hitchcock

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:58 PM

5. The sister of the Ruth Roman character looked just like FG's character's wife. ;-)

The dropped eyeglasses alluded to the RL Leopold and Loeb clue.

Gay sub-topic (even though FG was "in the closet").





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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:00 PM

9. I just posted and deleted this below when I saw the OP...

What a fantastic film...the guy actually crawled underneath the merry go round.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:02 PM

11. The UK version was slightly different, and the gay angle was more evident

 

The 4 scenes alternate version.

This is my favorite Hitchcock film, and also my favorite film of all time.

And Hitchcock's daughter played the sister.

The scene on the Island with the glasses is one of the greatest scenes ever, along with Bruno's fingers down the sewer retrieving the lighter

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:05 PM

15. The casting of the 2 leads was BRILLIANT.

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:11 PM

18. Yes. Perfect. Bruno was perhaps the greatest villian

 

some later critics have said it was weak, but if the Granger character were stronger, the movie would not have worked right. So I strongly disagree with those critics.

Robert Walker was one of the great underrated stars, and was it medical malpractice that killed him. Today he would have been saved.

I think John Lithgow in his earlier films, and others where he played the bad guy (like Cliffhanger), was chanelling Robert Walker.

Farley Granger was perfect in this, and Rope too.

This movie was also the one where the female lead was NOT the blonde associated normally in his later films.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:44 PM

27. Yes, but the one brunette is a cold society dame, and the other is murdered! LOVE RW AND his son-

both portray whackos quite convincingly.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:09 PM

17. AND that, even when DYING, Bruno still lied about the lighter!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:21 PM

21. you just made me think of Mitt lying to the end.And when Bruno popped the little boys balloon

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:29 PM

23. Laura Elliott aka Kacey Rogers as Miriam Haines, Farley's wife

 

The glasses made the movie, but she was quite beautiful without them

And the very obvious oral sex innuendoes was quite daring for 1951.

The ice cream cone for one.

She later, as Kacey Rogers was in Peyton Place, and then played the second Mrs. Louise Tate on Bewitched til that show ended.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:35 PM

24. I'll have to pay closer attention to PP next time (I watch only because of Camden, ME)!

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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 01:24 AM

37. The frist time I saw Strangers On A Train

 

the lead performance reminded me so much of the lead from The Usual Suspects - both were amazingly creepy.

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:55 PM

3. North by Northwest- Starring Cary Grant

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:01 PM

10. IMO the zenith of his films...

But of course you could argue that some of the others are as well....

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:03 PM

12. Favorite scene: Matchbook toss! (Initials = ROT. Heh.)

Another gay sub-motif: Martin Landau's character loves James Mason's.

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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 07:59 PM

7. The Birds starring Rod Taylor Tippy Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:06 PM

16. (See above! :-))

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:03 PM

13. Vertigo starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak & Barbara Bel Geddes(later Miss Ellie on Dallas)

 

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Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:03 PM

14. Rear Window- starring Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly & Raymond Burr as the bad guy

 

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Tue Jan 1, 2013, 01:26 PM

34. Plus, the incredible Thelma Ritter

She really knows how to chew the scenery. She dominates every scene she's in. She's really quite wonderful giving Hitchcock's iconic sense of humor a real run for the money.

Also, Raymond Burr as Thorwald.

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Response to longship (Reply #34)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:19 PM

36. Thelma Ritter list of movies. She was nominated SIX times for an Oscar for supporting actress

 

Selected filmographyYear Title Role Notes
1947 Miracle on 34th Street Peter's Mother Uncredited
1948 Call Northside 777 Receptionist Uncredited
1949 A Letter to Three Wives Sadie Dugan Uncredited
1949 City Across the River Mrs. Katie Cusack
1949 Father was a Fullback Geraldine
1950 Perfect Strangers Lena Fassler
1950 I'll Get By Miss Murphy
1950 All About Eve Birdie Coonan
1951 The Mating Season Ellen McNulty
1951 As Young as You Feel Della Hodges
1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker Mae Swasey
1952 With a Song in My Heart Clancy
1953 Titanic Maude Young Based on Molly Brown
1953 Pickup on South Street Moe Williams
1953 The Farmer Takes a Wife Lucy Cashdollar
1954 Rear Window Stella
1955 The Best of Broadway Mrs. Fisher Episode: "The Show-Off"
1955 Daddy Long Legs Alicia Pritchard
1955 Lucy Gallant Molly Basserman Alternative title: Oil Town
1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lottie Slocum Episode: "The Baby Sitter"
1956 The Proud and Profane Kate Connors
1957 Telephone Time Mary Devlin Episode: "Plot to Save a Boy"
1959 A Hole in the Head Sophie Manetta
1959 Pillow Talk Alma
1961 The Misfits Isabelle Steers
1961 Frontier Circus Bertha Beecher Episode: "Journey from Hannibal"
1961 The Second Time Around Aggie Gates
1962 Birdman of Alcatraz Elizabeth Stroud
1962 Wagon Train Madame Sagittarius Episode: "The Madame Sagittarius Story"
1962 How the West Was Won Agatha Clegg
1963 For Love or Money Chloe Brasher
1963 A New Kind of Love Leena
1963 Move Over, Darling Grace Arden
1965 Boeing Boeing Bertha Alternative title: Boeing (707) Boeing (707)
1967 The Incident Bertha Beckerman
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Mrs. Schwartz

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:15 PM

19. Rope-1948 Farley Granger, John Dall and a most annoying Jimmy Stewart

 

The Leopold and Loeb story

Filmed in just a few long continous acts.Very stagelike.

Also showing non-chalantly two gay men living together. Very ahead of its time for a major Hollywood director.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:23 PM

22. Dall was really creepy...

I saw the film when it was rereleased in the early 80's and he still reminds me of the quintessential hyper educated sociopath with whom I've had to deal in many capacities, since I was a doctoral student and faculty member. I used to ask one guy, "have you ever seen Rope? You should." I don't think he ever did...at least not when we were teaching together.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:51 PM

30. John Dall was the perfect villain! Witty, bold, patrician, calm.

I read that AH had a cinema first with only 3 camera positions for the entire movie.

Hubris. If they hadn't moved the food to the trunk, nobody would've paid attention to it. I must admit to wanting FG to just shut up!

And that lengthy Stewart ending monlogue was boring!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #30)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:59 PM

32. I wish they did away with Jimmy Stewart and gotten away with the crime.

 

(I am confusing myself with hitting reply-this belongs here-)


He was so irritating in this movie. So condescending.
(Of course being what it was based on, they couldn't change it, and I would figure the movie standards boards would not tolerate it. So they had that ending monologue.

It's amazing how Farley basically abandoned his movie career after Strangers and Rope,and a couple of more, to be on stage in NY and do what he wanted to do. (and alot of tv one offs)

(and he himself was gay, he released a great memoir with his partner a few years before he died recently.)

I always think of this movie, and Farley himself when hearing my favorite Pet shop boys song "Being Boring" of that type of dinner party in a NY apartment (though the song most likely had a UK apartment in mind).

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:20 PM

20. To Catch a Thief-1955- Cary Grant and Grace Kelly

 

Cary and Grace both at the top and looks wise...and again perfect casting.
Story more lightweight than some of the others, but it all works.

And the scenery and the irony of Grace's later life after the movies

This more than anything is the persona of Cary Grant that I think George Clooney has used his entire movie career.

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:36 PM

25. I Confess-1953- Montgomery Clift

 

perhaps the least well known of the post 1950s Hitchcock movies, and one of the most controversial

Playing into Hitch's own well known battle with religion

Montgomery Clift as a priest, who becomes the prime suspect when he refuses to reveal what he knows due to the seal of confession oath he made when he became a priest.

Clift should have won an Oscar for this. This is an atypical Hitchcock film as we know who did it but it is one of the best acting performances of any of his films.

Karl Malden as the inspector
O.E. Hasse & Dolly Haas in great supporting roles

Some say Dolly Haas was picked for her role, because of her resemblance toward Hitchcock's own wife, Alma.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #25)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:56 PM

31. Digression: Monty deserved Oscars for "The Heiress," "Judgment at Nuremburg," "From Here to

Eternity," and "A Place in the Sun," also!

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #31)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:07 PM

33. Yes. One of the best. (and his sister in law is Eleanor Clift)

 

and its a shame his accident basically ended his career and directly led to his death later on.

The Heiress is now on broadway, but without Monty it's just not the same.
What a great movie.
And that classic ending scene banging on the door.

Wasted lives(like in Wuthering Heights and GWTW).

I wish Hollywood could have overlooked the scars, isn't that what the makeup department is for anyhow?

Sometimes you put the list of who won an Oscar, and who didn't and its shameful who didn't.
Hitchcock himself didn't win a regular directing one, Cary Grant never won, Peter O'toole, Richard Burton, etc.

4 nominations he had.

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Response to graham4anything (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:16 PM

35. The Wrong Man- 1956 Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle

 

The Wrong Man (1956)

A musician is mistaken for a vicious thief, with devastating results.
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.
BW-105 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

as I noticed earlier that this was on TCM decided to watch it on my DVD(LOL)

Always a favorite with one of my favorite actors, Henry Fonda, who liked to do movies that agreed with his political point of view(very big liberal and union man).
This story is a great slow suspense and his never ending faith in the system doing the right thing (though misplaced as we see here).

Same theme in 12 Angry Men.

Fonda is another (IMHO) that should have won many Oscars, thankfully he was still alive to get a real one for On Golden Pond right before he died.

Classic Tom Joad in Grapes of Wrath.

and in this year of Lincoln, he played Young Mr. Lincoln.

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