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Meet the Hitchcocks: Part 2

In the previous blog post, we looked at Alfred Hitchcock’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Hitchcock (1828–1889?), and his five siblings: Sarah (~1824-????), Susannah (~1823-????), Charles William (1838-1894), Mary Emily (1840-????) and Enoch (~1845-????). Joseph married Ann Mahoney in 1851 and they had 9 children — 4 daughters and 5 sons. Sadly,...

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Meet the Hitchcocks: Part 1

I’ve been doing some digging into the historical records of Alfred Hitchcock’s family and thought I’d share some of my findings First off, a few notes… Some of this information has been extracted from the Census records that list ages rather than years of birth, so any years prefixed with...

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“And the winner is…”

I recently stumbled across this photo article in the May 1974 edition of The Independent Film Journal… Highlighting the annual International Film Importors and Distributors of America annual awards ceremony was the presentation by Alfred Hitchcock of the Joseph Burstyn Award for Best Foreign Film and the Best Director Award...

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To Catch a Thief: Soundtrack CD

In case you’ve not already spotted it, Lyn Murrary‘s original score to To Catch a Thief (1955) is now available on CD, courtesy of the Intrada label. The CD also contains Murrary’s score to The Bridges at Toko-ri (1954), which also starred Grace Kelly. The full track listing for To...

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Hitch: When Truffaut Confronted Hitchcock

Here’s one for all you Hitchcock completests! Currently available on the Amazon France site for €23.20 on a combined DVD and Blu-ray release is a 70 minute film of Alain Riou and Stéphane Boulan’s stage play “Hitch”. According to my PC, both discs are region free but the transfers are...

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“The room, I might add, gets very wet.”

In the 1997 documentary “The Making of Psycho“, actress Janet Leigh spoke about her reaction to seeing the shower scene in the completed film: When I saw it and I saw it cut together and I saw the boom, boom, and the music and everything, I absolutely went… I just...

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Dental Anachronism

As Patrick McGilligan notes in his biography of Hitchcock, the director detested “the plausibles” — those who analysed his films too deeply and who delighted in finding plot holes. “I’m not concerned with plausibility,” Hitchcock liked to boast. “That’s the easiest part, so why bother?” Or, as he put it...

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Nova Pilbeam as Mary Rose

I’ve been planning to write something about J.M. Barrie’s Mary Rose for a while now, but I thought I’d share this little bit of trivia that I don’t think any of the Hitchcock scholars have stumbled across before… On Sunday 11th September, 1938, BBC Radio broadcast an adaptation of Mary...