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Newsgroups: rec.arts.movies From: cn@otter.hpl.hp.com (Colin Needham) Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1993 07:06:30 GMT Subject: The Hitchcock Information File Message-ID: <149510033@otter.hpl.hp.com> Organization: Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Bristol, UK. Lines: 3480 Since there's been a lot of discussion of Hitchcock's films recently, I'm posting the latest version of "The Hitchcock Information File". This release now includes short plot summaries for most of Hitchcock's movies and a vastly expanded cast and chacter names section. Col ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ HITCHCOCK INFORMATION FILE (updated 24th March 1993) ========================== [Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be directed to me at: cn@hplb.hpl.hp.com] This file contains: * A chronological list of all the movies directed by Hitch * The above list sorted by average rating from the movie ratings report * A list of all his cameo appearances * Details of the cast and crew of each film taken from the various lists posted to r.a.movies. * Details of all Hitchcock's work available on NTSC LaserDisc ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HITCHCOCK FILMOGRAPHY ===================== Number 13 (1922) [unfinished] Pleasure Garden, The (1925) Mountain Eagle, The (1925) [no known surviving prints] Lodger, The (1926) Downhill (1927) Easy Virtue (1927) Ring, The (1927) Farmer's Wife, The (1928) Champagne (1928) Manxman, The (1929) Blackmail (1929) Elstree Calling (1930) [some sketches] Juno and the Paycock (1930) Murder! (1930) Skin Game, The (1931) Number Seventeen (1932) Rich and Strange (1932) Waltzes from Vienna (1933) Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1934) Thirty-Nine Steps, The (1935) Secret Agent (1936) Sabotage (1936) Young and Innocent (1937) Lady Vanishes, The (1938) Jamaica Inn (1939) Rebecca (1940) [AAN] Foreign Correspondent (1940) Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Suspicion (1941) Saboteur (1942) Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Lifeboat (1943) [AAN] Bon Voyage (1944) [WWII propaganda film] Aventure Malgache (1944) [WWII propaganda film] Spellbound (1945) [AAN] Notorious (1946) Paradine Case, The (1947) Rope (1948) Under Capricorn (1949) Stage Fright (1950) Strangers on a Train (1951) I Confess (1953) Dial M for Murder (1954) Rear Window (1954) [AAN] To Catch a Thief (1955) Trouble with Harry, The (1955) Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956) Wrong Man, The (1956) Vertigo (1958) North by Northwest (1959) Psycho (1960) [AAN] Birds, The (1963) Marnie (1964) Torn Curtain (1966) Topaz (1969) Frenzy (1972) Family Plot (1976) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HITCHCOCK FILMS SORTED BY RATINGS ================================= 00.0001321 247 8.2 Rear Window 0...001331 205 8.1 North by Northwest .0.0002221 251 8.0 Psycho 0..0001311 189 7.9 Vertigo 0.0.011221 93 7.8 Notorious (1946) 000.011221 66 7.8 Rebecca 0..0001310 62 7.7 Strangers on a Train 0...001221 31 7.6 Lady Vanishes, The (1938) 00.0.11220 51 7.6 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 0...012220 93 7.6 To Catch a Thief .000012211 88 7.3 39 Steps, The (1935) 00.0012220 102 7.3 Dial M for Murder (1954) ..00012310 49 7.3 Spellbound 0.00012210 215 7.2 Birds, The ..00013210 48 7.2 Suspicion (1941) ....10330. 26 7.1 I Confess 00.0023110 80 7.0 Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956) ....01501. 16 7.0 Secret Agent ..00023200 85 7.0 Trouble with Harry, The 0.00012210 85 6.9 Rope 0..011311. 28 6.8 Foreign Correspondent .000013210 65 6.8 Frenzy (1972) ...1124.2. 10 6.7 Rich and Strange 0...02320. 19 6.7 Wrong Man, The 0000012100 71 6.6 Lifeboat 0.0.02120. 27 6.5 Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1934) ..01123000 64 6.5 Marnie .000023100 28 6.5 Torn Curtain ..0..422.. 15 6.5 Young and Innocent 0..00241.. 23 6.3 Saboteur ....2330.. 12 6.2 Blackmail (1929) .1..133..1 9 6.2 Lodger, The (1926) ...2222.2. 5 6.2 Manxman, The 0..00341.. 20 6.2 Sabotage 0000022100 64 6.1 Family Plot ...01600.. 13 5.9 Jamaica Inn (1939) 0.0.2140.. 15 5.9 Mr. and Mrs. Smith .00010300. 13 5.9 Paradine Case, The 0.00022.1. 14 5.9 Stage Fright (1950) 0.0122010. 33 5.7 Topaz 1.1.142.1. 10 5.6 Murder! .1..2211.. 7 5.6 Number Seventeen .002212... 13 5.0 Under Capricorn ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CAMEO APPEARANCES ================= THE LODGER (1926): At a desk in a newsroom and later in the crowd watching an arrest. EASY VIRTUE (1927): Walking past a tennis court, carrying a walking stick. BLACKMAIL (1929): Being bothered by a small boy as he reads a book in the subway. MURDER (1930): Walking past the house where the murder was committed, about an hour into the movie. THE 39 STEPS (1935): Tossing some litter while Robert Donat and Lucie Mannheim run from the theater, seven minutes into the movie. YOUNG AND INNOCENT (1938): Outside the courthouse, holding a camera. THE LADY VANISHES (1938): Very near the end of the movie, in Victoria Station, wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette. REBECCA (1940): Walking near the phone booth in the final part of the film just after George Sanders makes a call. FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT (1940): Early in the movie, after Joel McCrea leaves his hotel, wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper. MR. AND MRS. SMITH (1941): Midway through, passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building. SUSPICION (1941): mailing a letter at the village postbox about 45 minutes in. SABOTEUR (1942): Standing in front of Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car stops, an hour in. SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943): On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards. LIFEBOAT (1944): In the "before" and "after" pictures in the newspaper ad for Reduco Obesity Slayer. SPELLBOUND (1945): Coming out of an elevator at the Empire Hotel, carrying a violin case and smoking a cigarette, 40 minutes in. NOTORIOUS (1946): At a big party in Claude Rains's mansion, drinking champae and then quickly departing, an hour after the film begins. THE PARADINE CASE (1947): Leaving the train and Cumberland Station, carrying a cello. ROPE (1948): His trademark can be seen briefly on a neon sign in the view from the apartment window. UNDER CAPRICORN (1949): In the town square during a parade, wearing a blue coat and brown hat, in the first five minutes. Ten minutes later, he is one of three men on the steps of Government House. STAGE FRIGHT (1950): Turning to look at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951): Boarding a train with a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off in his hometown, early in the film. I CONFESS (1953): Crossing the top of a staircase after the opening credits. DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954): On the left side of the class-reunion photo, thirteen minutes into the film. REAR WINDOW (1954): Winding the clock in the songwriter's apartment, a half hour into the movie. TO CATCH A THIEF (1955): Ten minutes in, sitting to the left of Cary Grant on a bus. THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955): Walking past the parked limousine of an old man who is looking at paintings, twenty minutes into the film. THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956): Watching acrobats in the Moroccan marketplace (his back to the camera) just before the murder. THE WRONG MAN (1956): Narrating the film's prologue. VERTIGO (1958): In a gray suit walking in the street, eleven minutes in. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959): Missing a bus during the opening credits. PSYCHO (1960): Four minutes in, through Janet Leigh's window as she returns to her office. He is wearing a cowboy hat. THE BIRDS (1963): Leaving the pet shop with two white terriers as Tippi Hedren enters. MARNIE (1964): Entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by, five minutes in. TORN CURTAIN (1966): Early in the film, sitting in the Hotel d'Angleterre lobby with a blond baby. TOPAZ (1969): Being pushed in a wheelchair in an airport, half an hour in. Hitchcock gets up from the chair, shakes hands with a man, and walks off to the right. FRENZY (1972): In the center of a crowd, wearing a bowler hat, three minutes into the film; he is the only one not applauding the speaker. FAMILY PLOT (1976): In silhouette through the door of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, 41 minutes into the movie. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DETAILS ON EACH MOVIE ===================== This section was generated by version 2.6 of the movie database package (to be released soon) using the full list databases (also to be released soon). Version 2.5 of the database package and the main list databases are available via anonymouse FTP from boulder.colorado.edu [128.138.240.1] in the directory: pub/tv+movies/lists. KEY: (d) = director (w) = writer (m) = music (ph) = cinematographer (AA) = academy award (AAN) = academy award nomination (S:AAN) = academy award nomination for supporting actor/actress (GG) = golden globe award winner ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .000012211 88 7.3 39 Steps, The (1935) Aka Titles: Thirty-Nine Steps, The (1935) Summary: Richard Hannay is a Canadian visitor to 1930's London. After a disturbance at a music hall, he meets Annabella Smith who is on the run from foreign agents. He takes her back to his appartment, but they are followed and later that night Annabella is murdered. Hannay goes on the run to break the spy ring and thus prove his innocence. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Spy Road Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Charles Bennett John Buchan (novel) Alma Reville Composer: Hubert Bath Director of Photography: Bernard Knowles Cast: Peggy Ashcroft...................Margaret Madeleine Carroll................Pamela Frank Cellier....................Sheriff Robert Donat.....................Richard Hannay Helen Haye.......................Mrs. Jordan John Laurie......................John Gus MacNaughton..................Commercial Traveler Lucie Mannheim...................Annabella Smith Peggy Simpson....................Maid Godfrey Tearle...................Professor Jordan Jerry Verno......................Commercial Traveler Wylie Watson.....................Memory Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 7 minutes in, tossing some litter as Robert Donat and Lucie Manheim run from the music hall. - The film was remade in 1959 and 1978. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: Aventure Malagache (1944) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (WWII propaganda film) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.00012210 215 7.2 Birds, The (1963) Summary: Spoilt socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister's birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Horror Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (story) Evan Hunter Composer: Bernard Herrmann (as consultant) Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Malcolm Atterbury................Al Malone Morgan Brittany Veronica Cartwright..............Cathy Brenner Lonny Chapman....................Deke Carter Richard Deacon...................Man in Elevator Ethel Griffies...................Mrs. Bundy Tippi Hedren.....................Melanie Daniels Don Johnson Doreen Lang......................Mother in Cafe Joe Mantell......................Traveling Salesman Ruth McDevitt....................Mrs. MacGruder John McGovern....................Postal Clerk Charles McGraw...................Sebastian Sholes Suzanne Pleshette................Annie Hayworth Bill Quinn Karl Swenson.....................Drunk Jessica Tandy....................Lydia Brenner Rod Taylor.......................Mitch Brenner Doodles Weaver...................Fisherman Elizabeth Wilson.................Helen Carter Trivia: - Hitchcock make his cameo appearance at the start of the film walking two dogs past the pet shop (the dogs were actually his own). - Hitchcock tried to hire Joseph Stefano (writer of Psycho) to write the script, but he wasn't interested in the story. - Hitchcock spotted Tippi Hedren in a diet drink commercial. - The scene where Tippi Hedren is ravaged by birds near the end of the movie took a week to shoot. The birds were attached to Tippi's clothes by long nylon threads so they could not get away. - The film does not finish with the usual "THE END" title because Hitchcock wanted to give the impression of unending terror. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....2330.. 12 6.2 Blackmail (1929) Summary: Alice White is the daughter of a shopkeeper in 1920's London. Her boyfriend, Frank Webber is a Scotland Yard detective who seems more interested in police work than in her. Frank takes Alice out one night, but she has secretly arranged to meet another man. Later that night Alice agrees to go back to his flat to see his studio. The man has other ideas and as he tries to rape Alice, she defends herself and kills him with a bread knife. When the body is discovered, Frank is assigned to the case, he quickly determines that Alice is the killer, but so has someone else and blackmail is threatened. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Blackmail Murder Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Charles Bennett (also play) Alfred Hitchcock Benn W. Levy Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Sara Allgood.....................Mrs. White Joan Barry (voice)...............Voice of Alice White Harvey Braban....................Chief Inspector Donald Calthrop..................Tracy Hannah Jones.....................The Landlady Phyllis Konstam John Longden.....................Frank Webber Anny Ondra.......................Alice White Charles Paton....................Mr. White Cyril Ritchard...................The Artist John Stuart Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance being bothered by a small boy on the subway. - The film was Hitchcock's and England's first talking picture. - Anny Ondra's voice was dubbed by Joan Barry because she had a thick German accent. Barry had to stand just of the set and read Ondra's lines into a microphone as the film was shot. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ......*... 2 7.0 Bon Voyage (1944) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (WWII propaganda film) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....5.5... 2 6.0 Champagne (1928) Summary: A spoilt rich girl leads a life of luxury on the profits from her father's champagne business. To bring her back down to earth he tells her that all the money has been lost so she goes to seek her fortune. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Comedy Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Betty Balfour....................Betty Jean Bradin......................The Boy Gordon Harker....................The Father Phyllis Konstam Jack Trevor Marcel Vibert Theo Von Alten...................The Man ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 00.0012220 102 7.3 Dial M for Murder (1954) Summary: Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice decides to murder his wife for her money and because she had an affair the year before. He blackmails an old college associate to strangle her, but when things go wrong he sees a way to turn events to his advantage. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Frederick Knott (also play) Composer: Dmitri Tiomkin Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: George Alderson..................First Detective Patrick Allen....................Pearson Leo Britt........................The Storyteller Sanders Clark....................Detective Robert Cummings..................Mark Halliday Anthony Dawson...................Captain Lesgate Robert Dobson....................Police Photographer Guy Doleman......................Detective Sam Harris.......................Man in Phone Booth Robin Hughes.....................Police Sergeant Grace Kelly......................Margot Wendice George Leigh.....................Williams Ray Milland......................Tony Wendice Thayer Roberts...................Detective John (I) Williams................Inspector Hubbard Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 13 minutes into the film, on the left side of the reunion photograph. - The movie was shot in 3-D although it was never released that way until after Hitchcock's death. - Hitchcock arranged to have Grace Kelly dressed in bright colours at the start of the film and made them progressively darker as time goes on. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....55.... 2 5.5 Downhill (1927) Summary: Public schoolboy Roddy Berwick is expelled from school when he takes the blame for a friend's theft and his life falls apart in a series of misadventures. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Constance Collier (play) Ivor Novello (play) Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Claude McDonnell Cast: Annette Benson Lilian Braithwaite...............Lady Berwick Violet Farebrother Alfred Goddard Barbara Gott Ian Hunter.......................Archie Robin Irvine.....................Tim Wakely Isabel Jeans.....................Julia Hannah Jones Norman McKinnel Ivor Novello.....................Roddy Berwick Sybil Rhoda......................Sybil Wakely Jerrold Robertshaw Ben Webster......................Doctor Dowson ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ..3..33... 3 5.3 Easy Virtue (1927) Summary: Larita Filton is named as correspondent in a scandalous divorce case. She escapes to France to rebuild her life where she meets John Whittaker. They are later married, but John's well-to-do family finds out Larita's secret. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Noel Coward (play) Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Claude McDonnell Cast: Dorothy Boyd Darcia Deane Franklin Dyall Frank Elliot Violet Farebrother...............Mrs. Whittaker Benita Hume Ian Hunter.......................Council for the Plaintiff Robin Irvine.....................John Whittaker Isabel Jeans.....................Larita Filton Bessie Love Eric Bransby Williams............The Artist Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance walking past a tennis court carrying a walking stick. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .5..5..... 2 3.5 Elstree Calling (1930) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (some sketches) Cast: John Stuart Jameson Thomas ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0000022100 64 6.1 Family Plot (1976) Summary: Fake medium Madam Blanche and her taxi driver boyfriend make a living from her phoney powers. They are hired by an aging widow, Julia Rainbird to find her nephew who was given away for adoption many years earlier following a family scandal. Meanwhile, an extremely clever couple are behind a series of kidnappings in the San Francisco area. The two couples path's cross and chaos results in Hitchcock's last film. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Comedy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Ernest Lehman Composer: John (II) Williams Director of Photography: Leonard J. South Cast: Edith Atwater....................Mrs. Clay Karen Black......................Fran Nicholas Colasanto...............Constantine Bruce Dern.......................George Lumley William Devane...................Arthur Adamson Barbara Harris...................Blanche Tyler Katherine Helmond................Mrs. Maloney Warren J. Kemmerling.............Grandison Ed Lauter........................Joseph Maloney John Lehne.......................Andy Bush Alexander Lockwood...............Pastor Cathleen Nesbitt.................Julia Rainbird William Prince...................Bishop Marge Redmond....................Vera Hannagan Charles Tyner....................Wheeler Martin West......................Sanger Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance in silhouette 45 minutes into the film behind the door at the registrar of births and deaths. - Roy Thinnes was originally hired to play William Devane's character, but Hitchcock was dissatisfied with his performance and fired him one month into the filming. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ...33...3. 3 6.0 Farmer's Wife, The (1928) Summary: Farmer Sweetland is a lonely old widower. He is determined to marry again and he enlists the help of his housekeeper Minta to pick a wife from the local single women. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Comedy Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Leslie Arliss Alfred Hitchcock J.E. Hunter Norman Lee Eden Philpotts (play) Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Antonia Brough Maud Gill........................Thirza Tapper Lillian Hall-Davies Gordon Harker....................Churdles Ash Louise Pounds Olga Slade Jameson Thomas...................Farmer Sweetland ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0..011311. 28 6.8 Foreign Correspondent (1940) Summary: Johnny Jones is an action reporter on a New York newspaper. The editor appoints him European correspondent because he is fed up with the dry, reports he currently gets. Jones' first assignment is to get the inside story on a secret treaty agreed between two European countries by the famous diplomat, Mr. Van Meer. However things don't go to plan and Jones enlists the help of a young woman to help track down a group of spies. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Spy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Robert Benchley Charles Bennett (SO:AAN) Joan Harrison (SO:AAN) James Hilton Composer: Alfred Newman Director of Photography: Rudolph Mate (AAN) Cast: Albert Basserman (S:AAN).........Van Meer Robert Benchley..................Stebbins Barry Bernard....................Steward John Burton......................English Announcer Frances Carson...................Mrs. Sprague Edward Ciannelli.................Mr. Krug E.E. Clive Edward Conrad....................Latvian Harry Davenport..................Mr. Powers Laraine Day......................Carol Fisher Roy Gordon.......................Mr. Brood Edmund Gwenn.....................Rowley Charles Halton...................Bradley Holmes Herbert...................Asst. Commissioner Gertrude Hoffman.................Mrs. Benson Martin Kosleck...................Tramp Martin Lamont....................Plane Captain Eily Malyon Herbert Marshall.................Stephen Fisher Joel McCrea......................Johnny Jones/Huntley Haverstock Leonard Mudie....................McKenna Emory Parnell....................Mohican Captain Barbara Pepper...................Dorine George Sanders...................Scott ffolliott Charles Wagenheim................Assassin Ian Wolfe........................Stiles Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance early in the movie walking past Joel McCrea's hotel reading a newspaper. - Albert Basserman who played the Dutch diplomat Van Meer couldn't speak a word of English and learnt all his lines phonetically. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .000013210 65 6.8 Frenzy (1972) Summary: London is terrorised by a vicious sex killer known as the neck tie murderer. Following the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, down-on-his-luck Richard Blaney is suspected by the police of being the killer. He goes on the run, determined to prove his innocence. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Serial_Killer Director: Alfred Hitchcock (GGN) Writers: Arthur La Bern (novel) Anthony Shaffer Composers: Ron Goodwin Henry Mancini Directors of Photography: Leonard J. South Gilbert Taylor Cast: Michael Bates....................Sergeant Spearman John Boxer.......................Sir George Bernard Cribbins.................Felix Forsythe June Ellis.......................Barmaid Jon Finch........................Richard Blaney Barry Foster.....................Bob Rusk Jimmy Gardner....................Hotel Porter Noel Johnson.....................Man at Bar Robert Keegan....................Hospital Patient Barbara Leigh-Hunt...............Brenda Blaney Jean Marsh.......................Monica Barling Anna Massey......................Babs Milligan Bunny May........................Barman Alec McCowen.....................Inspector Oxford Vivien Merchant..................Mrs. Oxford Elsie Randolph...................Gladys Madge Ryan.......................Mrs. Davison Gerald Sim.......................Man at Bar Clive Swift......................Johnny Porter George Tovey.....................Mr. Salt Rita Webb........................Mrs. Rusk Billie Whitelaw..................Hettie Porter Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance in the first moments of the film in the crowd - he is the only one not applauding the speaker. - Elsie Randolph who plays a worker at the hotel last appeared in a Hitchcock film 40 years earlier as the old maid in 1932's Rich and Strange. - This was the first film Hitchcock shot in England since 1950's Stage Fright. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....10330. 26 7.1 I Confess (1953) Summary: Otto Kellar and his wife Alma work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Quebec. Whilst robbing a house where he sometimes works as a gardener, Otto is caught and kills the owner. Racked with guilt he heads back to the church where Father Michael Logan is working late. Otto confesses his crime, but when the police begin to suspect Father Logan he cannot reveal what he has been told in the confession. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Paul Anthelme (play) William Archibald George Tabori Composer: Dmitri Tiomkin Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Brian Aherne.....................Willy Robertson Charles Andre....................Father Millars Anne Baxter......................Ruth Grandfort Montgomery Clift.................Father Michael Logan Roger Dann.......................Pierre Grandfort Dolly Haas.......................Alma Keller O.E. Hasse.......................Otto Keller Ovila Legare.....................Villette Karl Malden......................Inspector Larrue Gilles Pelletier.................Father Benoit Judson Pratt.....................Murphy Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance crossing the top of a staircase during the opening credits. - Anne Baxter was one of the actresses tested by Hitchcock for the leading role in Rebecca (she was 16 at the time). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ...01600.. 13 5.9 Jamaica Inn (1939) Summary: Irish orphan girl Mary is sent to stay with Aunt Patience and Uncle Joss in Cornwall. Joss is the landlord of Jamaica Inn and also the head of a gang of pirates who lure ships to their doom on the rocky coast. Mary soon finds herself in trouble when she discovers the truth. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (novel) Sidney Gilliat Joan Harrison J.B. Priestley Composer: Eric Fenby Director of Photography: Harry Stradling Sr. Cast: Leslie Banks.....................Joss Merlyn George Curzon William Devlin Morland Graham Edwin Greenwood Clare Greet Stephen Haggard Horace Hodges....................Butler Mervyn Johns.....................Thomas Charles Laughton.................Sir Humphrey Pengallan Mabel Terry Lewis Herbert Lomas Robert Newton Marie Ney........................Patience Maureen O'Hara...................Mary Hay Petrie.......................Groom Frederick Piper..................Broker Basil Radford Wylie Watson.....................Salvation Emlyn Williams...................Harr ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ...3.33... 3 5.7 Juno and the Paycock (1930) Aka Titles: Shame of Mary Boyle, The Summary: A poor Dublin family gets into trouble during the uprising of the 1920s Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Alfred Hitchcock Sean O'Casey (play) Alma Reville Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Sara Allgood.....................Juno Edward Chapman...................Captain Boyle John Laurie John Longden Sidney Morgan....................Joxer Dave Morris Maire O'Neill....................Mrs. Madigan Kathleen O'Regan Fred Schwartz Dennis Wyndham ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0...001221 31 7.6 Lady Vanishes, The (1938) Summary: Travellers on a trans-European train are delayed for a night due to bad weather in an unnamed country. The passengers cram into the small village hotel where socialite Iris Henderson meets an old governess called Miss Froy. Shortly after the journey restarts, Miss Froy disappears. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Railway Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Sidney Gilliat Frank Launder Ethel Lina White (novel) Composer: Louis Levy Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Emile Boreo......................Hotel Manager Mary Clare.......................Baroness Catherine Lacey..................The Nun Phillip Leaver...................Signor Doppo Margaret Lockwood................Iris Henderson Paul Lukas.......................Dr. Hartz Charles Oliver...................The Officer Cecil Parker.....................Mr. Todhunter Basil Radford....................Charters Michael Redgrave.................Gilbert Sally Stewart....................Julie Linden Travers...................Margaret Kathleen Tremaine................Anna Zelma Vas Dias...................Signora Doppo Naunton Wayne....................Caldicott May Whitty.......................Miss Froy Josephine Wilson.................Madame Kummer Googie Withers...................Blanche Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance near the end of the movie at Victoria Station wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette. - The movie was remade in 1979. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0000012100 71 6.6 Lifeboat (1944) Summary: In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller War Director: Alfred Hitchcock (AAN) Writers: John Steinbeck (story) (StO:AAN) Jo Swerling Composer: Hugo Friedhofer Director of Photography: Glen MacWilliams (AAN) Cast: Mary Anderson....................Alice MacKenzie Heather Angel....................Mrs. Higgins Tallulah Bankhead................Constance Porter William Bendix...................Gus Hume Cronyn......................Stanley Garrett John Hodiak......................John Kovac Henry Hull.......................Charles "Ritt" Rittenhouse Canada Lee.......................George "Joe" Spencer Walter Slezak....................Willy: the German Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance in "before" and "after" pictures in a newspaper advert for Reduco the Obesity slayer. The pictures were genuine as Hitch had just been on a crash diet (although not with the fictional Reduco). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .1..133..1 9 6.2 Lodger, The (1926) Summary: A serial killer known as "The Avenger" is on the loose in London, murdering blonde women. A mysterious man arrives at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Bunting looking for a room to rent. The Bunting's daughter is a blonde model and is seeing one of the detectives assigned to the case. The detective becomes jealous of the lodger and begins to suspect he may be the avenger. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Serial_Killer Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Marie Belloc-Lowndes (novel) Alfred Hitchcock Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Baron Ventimiglia Cast: Marie Ault.......................Mrs. Bunting Arthur Chesny....................Mr. Bunting June.............................Daisy Bunting Malcolm Keen.....................Joe Betts Ivor Novello.....................The Lodger Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance at a desk in the newsroom early in the film. Some people claim he also appears later in the crowd watching the arrest. - Hitchcock wanted an ambiguous ending to the film, but the studio wouldn't allow it to be implied that Ivor Novello might actually be the murderer. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.0.02120. 27 6.5 Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1934) Summary: Bob and Jill Lawrence are on a winter sports holiday with their teenage daughter Betty. When their friend Louis Bernard is shot whilst dancing with Jill, he tells Bob of an assassination about to take place in London. Fearing that their plot will be revealed, the assassins kidnap Betty in order to keep the Lawrence's quiet. Bob and Jill return to London and take matters into their own hands. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Kidnap Assassination Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Charles Bennett Edwin Greenwood A.R. Rawlinson D.B. Wyndham-Lewis Composer: Arthur Benjamin Cast: Leslie Banks.....................Bob Lawrence Edna Best........................Jill Lawrence George Curzon Pierre Fresnay...................Louis Bernard Peter Lorre......................Abbott Cicely Oates.....................Nurse Agnes Nova Pilbeam.....................Betty Lawrence Frank Vosper.....................Ramon Hugh Wakefield...................Clive ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 00.0023110 80 7.0 Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956) Summary: Dr. Ben McKenna, his wife Jo and their son Hank are on a touring holiday of Africa when they meet the mysterious Louis Bernard on a bus. The next day Bernard is murdered in the local marketplace, but before he dies he manages to reveal details of an assassination about to take place in London. Fearing that their plot will be revealed, the assassins kidnap Hank in order to keep the McKenna's silent. Ben and Jo go to London and take matters into their own hands. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Kidnap Assassination Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: John Michael Hayes Angus MacPhail Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Patrick Aherne...................Handyman Betty Bascomb....................Edna Yves Brainville Hillary Brooke...................Jan Peterson Doris Day........................Jo McKenna Brenda De Banzie.................Mrs. Drayton Daniel Gelin.....................Louis Bernard Leo V. Gordon....................Chauffer Carolyn Jones....................Cindy Fontaine Lewis Martin Louis Mercier Bernard Miles....................Mr. Drayton Alan Mowbray.....................Val Parnell Reggie Nalder....................The assassin Christopher Olsen................Hank McKenna James Stewart....................Dr. Ben McKenna Alix Talton Ralph Truman.....................Buchanan Anthony Warde Richard Wattis Magens Wieth.....................Ambassador Noel Willman Richard Wordsworth Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance in the Moroccan marketplace watching the acrobats with his back to the camera just before the murder. - Bernard Herrmann (the composer of the score) can be seen conducting the orchestra during the Albert Hall sequence. - The Albert Hall sequence lasts 12 minutes without a single word of dialogue and consists of 124 shots. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ...2222.2. 5 6.2 Manxman, The (1929) Summary: Despite their differing backgrounds, fisherman Pete and lawyer Philip have been life long friends on the Isle of Man. Pete wants to marry Kate, the landlord's daughter at the local inn, however Kate's father doesn't think he is good enough. Pete leaves the island to seek his fortune abroad and entrusts Kate to Philip, but they start to be attracted to each other. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Romance Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Hall Caine (novel) Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Randle Ayrton....................Kate's Father Carl Brisson.....................Pete Clare Greet Malcolm Keen.....................Philip Anny Ondra.......................Kate ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ..01123000 64 6.5 Marnie (1964) Summary: Marnie Edgar is an ice-cold habitual thief. She uses her looks to gain the confidence of her employers, robs them, and changes her identity. Her only loves are her horse and her mother, although she has problems with the latter relationship. Marnie applies for a job at Mark Rutland's Philadelphia publishing company. Mark recognises her since he is a client of her last employer, but instead of turning her in, he decides to watch her. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Psychoanalysis Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Jay Presson Allen Winston Graham (novel) Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Diane Baker......................Lil Mainwaring Henry Beckman....................First Detective Morgan Brittany Sean Connery.....................Mark Rutland Bruce Dern.......................Sailor Edith Evanson....................Rita Martin Gabel.....................Sidney Strutt Mariette Hartley.................Susan Clabon Tippi Hedren.....................Marnie Edgar Louise Latham....................Bernice Edgar S. John Launer...................Sam Ward Alan Napier......................Mr. Rutland Milton Selzer....................Man at Track Bob Sweeney......................Cousin Bob Meg Wyllie.......................Mrs. Turpin Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 5 minutes into the film, in the hotel corridor as Tippi Hedren walks by. - The production company created for the film, "Geoffrey Stanley" was named after Hitchcock's pet dogs. - Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren had a major falling out during the filming and by the end he directed her through intermediaries. - Bruce Dern can be seen briefly as the sailor in Marnie's flashback. - Hitchcock wanted Grace Kelly to make her screen come back in the title role, but the people of Monaco were not happy with the idea of their princess playing a compulsive thief. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....5.5... 2 6.0 Mountain Eagle, The (1925) Summary: In the Kentucky hills a store keeper tries to win the love of an innocent schoolteacher. She runs away and seeks refuge with a hermit. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Baron Ventimiglia Cast: Bernard Goetzke..................Pettigrew John Hamilton....................Edward Malcolm Keen.....................Fear o' God Nita Naldi.......................Beatrice Trivia: - No prints of this film (Hitchcock's second) are known to have survived and no one has seen it since the late 1920s. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.0.2140.. 15 5.9 Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) Summary: Sophisticated New York couple David and Annie Smith have an unusual marriage with an inordinate number of rules and regulations. One rule entitles them to ask each other one question per month which the other must answer completely honestly. Annie asks David if he would marry her again if he could have the time over again and David confides that he misses his freedom and so probably wouldn't. Later that day, an official from the town where they got married calls to see David. He explains that owing to a state boundary dispute, all couples married between 1936 and 1939 in the county where not legally married. David decides to have fun with this fact, but unbeknown to him, the county official calls to see Annie too and disaster results. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Comedy Screwball Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Norman Krasna Composer: Edward Ward Director of Photography: Harry Stradling Sr. Cast: Murray Alper Jack Carson......................Chuck Benson Betty Compson....................Gertie Esther Dale......................Mrs. Krausheimer Emma Dunn........................Martha William Edmunds..................Proprietor Patricia Farr....................Gloria James Flavin Charles Halton...................Mr. Deever Sam Harris Carole Lombard...................Ann Krausheimer Smith Philip Merivale..................Mr. Custer Robert Montgomery................David Smith Adele Pearce.....................Lily Gene Raymond.....................Jeff Custer William Tracy....................Sammy Lucile Watson....................Mrs. Custer Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance about half way through the movie passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building - Hitchcock's only screwball comedy. He was talked into directing it by Carole Lombard. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 1.1.142.1. 10 5.6 Murder! (1930) Summary: An actress in a travelling theatre group is murdered and Diana Baring, another member of the group is found suffering from amnesia standing by the body. Diana is tried and convicted of the murder, but Sir John Menier a famous actor on the jury is convinced of her innocence. Sir John sets out to find the real murderer before Diana's death sentence is carried out. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Clemence Dane (novel) Alma Reville Helen Simpson (novel) Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Nora Baring......................Diana Baring Matthew Boulton Donald Calthrop..................Ian Stewart Esme V. Chaplin Edward Chapman...................Ted Markham Robert Easton Violet Farebrother William Fazan Clare Greet Ross Jefferson R.E. Jeffrey Hannah Jones Phyllis Konstam..................Dulcie Markham Kenneth Kove Miles Mander.....................Gordon Druce Herbert Marshall.................Sir John Menier Una O'Connor Guy Pelham Esme Percy.......................Handel Fane Joynson Powell George Smythson Alan Stainer Amy Brandon Thomas Drusilla Vills S.J. Warmington Marie Wright Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance an hour into the movie walking past the house where the murder was committed. - A German version called "Mary" was filmed at the same time using German actors, but the same sets. - The scene where Herbert Marshall thinks out loud in front of a mirror had to be filmed with a recording of Marshall's lines and an orchestra hidden behind the set as it was not possible to dub the soundtrack later. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0...001331 205 8.1 North by Northwest (1959) Summary: Middle-aged Madison Avenue advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. He gets involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies and the government whilst being helped by a beautiful blonde. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Comedy Road Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Ernest Lehman (SSS:AAN) Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Malcolm Atterbury Edward Binns Leo G. Carroll...................The Professor Philip Coolidge..................Dr. Cross Robert Ellenstein................Licht Ned Glass Cary Grant.......................Roger Thornhill Josephine Hutchinson.............Handsome Woman Martin Landau....................Leonard Jessie Royce Landis..............Clara Thornhill Doreen Lang Nora Marlowe James Mason......................Phillip Vandamm Pat McVey Philip Ober......................Lester Townsend Edward Platt.....................Victor Larrabee Eva Marie Saint..................Eve Kendall Olon Soule.......................Assistant Auctioneer Les Tremayne.....................Auctioneer Adam Williams....................Valerian Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance missing a bus at the end of the opening credits. - Jessie Royce Landis played Cary Grant's mother, yet he was 10 months older than her. - The shot of Cary Grant entering the UN building had to be filmed with a hidden camera as Hitchcock wasn't able to get permission to shoot there. - At one point the movie's title was to be "The Man in Lincoln's Nose", referring to the final chase sequence on Mount Rushmore. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.0.011221 93 7.8 Notorious (1946) Summary: Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the U.S., Alicia Huberman takes to drink and men. She is approached by a government agent (T.R. Devlin) who asks her to spy on a group of her father's Nazi friends operating out of Rio de Janeiro. A romance develops between Alicia and Devlin, but she starts to get too involved in her work. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Romance Spy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Ben Hecht (SO:AAN) Composer: Roy Webb Director of Photography: Ted Tetzlaff Cast: Fay Baker........................Ethel Bernice Barrett..................Clerk Bea Benadaret....................Clerk Ingrid Bergman...................Alicia Huberman Candido Bonsato..................Waiter Charles D. Brown.................Judge Wally Brown......................Mr. Hopkins Eddie Bruce......................Reporter Paul Bryan.......................Reporter Louis Calhern....................Paul Prescott Aileen Carlyle...................Woman Beulah Christian.................Woman Richard Clark....................Man Tom Coleman......................Court Stenographer Ricardo Costa....................Dr. Barbosa Lester Dorr......................Motorcycle Police Ben Erway........................Reporter Alameda Fowler...................Woman Gavin Gordon.....................Ernest Weylin William Gordon...................Adams Cary Grant.......................T.R. Devlin Virginia Gregg...................Clerk Harry Hayden.....................Defence Council Warren Jackson...................District Attorney Ted Kelly........................Waiter Don Kerr.........................Reporter Leopoldine Konstantin............Madame Sebastian Eberhard Krumschmidt.............Hupka Frederick Ledebur................Knerr James Logan......................Reporter Leota Lorraine...................Woman George Lynn......................Photographer Frank Marlow.....................Photographer Frank McDonald...................Man Tina Menard......................Maid Charles Mendl....................Commodore Alex Minotis.....................Joseph Howard Mitchell..................Bailiff Antonio Moreno...................Senor Ortiza Howard Negley....................Photographer Roman Nomar......................Dr. Silva Fred Nurney......................Huberman Moroni Olsen.....................Walter Beardsley Garry Owen.......................Motorcycle Police Claude Rains (S:AAN).............Alexander Sebastian Reinhold Schunzel................Dr. Anderson Luis Serrano.....................Dr. Silva Patricia Smart...................Mrs. Jackson Ivan Triesault...................Eric Mathis Dink Trout.......................Court Clerk John Vasper......................Reporter Emmett Vogan.....................Reporter Peter Von Zerneck................Rossner Alan Ward........................Reporter Lillian West.....................Woman Frank Wilcox.....................F.B.I. agent Herbert Wyndham..................Mr. Cook Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance about an hour in, drinking champagne at the party in Claude Rains' mansion - Hitchcock claimed that the FBI had him under surveillance for three months because the film dealt with Uranium for the A-bomb. - The films producer, David O. Selznick had originally wanted Vivien Leigh for Ingrid Bergman's role. - The original story, "The Song of the Dragon" was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in November 1921. - It was remade in 1992 as a TV-movie. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .....5.5.. 2 7.0 Number 13 (1922) Director: Alfred Hitchcock (unfinished) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .1..2211.. 7 5.6 Number Seventeen (1932) Summary: A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Jefferson Farjeon (novel) Alfred Hitchcock Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Henry Caine Donald Calthrop Ann Casson Anne Grey........................The Girl Barry Jones Leon M. Lion.....................Ben Garry Marsh John Stuart......................The Detective ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .00010300. 13 5.9 Paradine Case, The (1947) Summary: The beautiful Mrs. Paradine is accused of poisoning her older, blind husband. She hires married Anthony Keane as her lawyer and when he begins to fall in love with her, she encourages him. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Courtroom Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Robert Hichens (novel) David O. Selznick Composer: Franz Waxman Director of Photography: Lee Garmes Cast: Patrick Aherne Ethel Barrymore (S:AAN)..........Lady Horfield Leo G. Carroll...................Council for the Prosecution Charles Coburn...................Sir Simon Flaquer Isobel Elsom John Goldsworthy Colin Hunter Louis Jourdan....................Andre Latour Charles Laughton.................Lord Horfield Lester Matthews Gregory Peck.....................Anthony Keane Ann Todd.........................Gay Keane Alida Valli......................Mrs. Paradine John (I) Williams Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance getting off a train at the Cumberland station carrying a cello (see also his cameo in Strangers on a Train). - An exact replica of the Old Bailey courtroom was constructed for the court scenes. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .5..5..... 2 3.5 Pleasure Garden, The (1925) Summary: Patsy Brand is a chorus girl at the Pleasure Garden music hall. She meets Jill Cheyne who is down on her luck and gets her a job as a dancer. Jill meets adventurer Hugh Fielding and they get engaged, but when Hugh travels out of the country, she begins to play around. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Oliver Sandys (novel) Eliot Stannard Director of Photography: Baron Ventimiglia Cast: C. Falkenburg Carmelita Geraghty...............Jill Cheyne Florence Helminger Miles Mander.....................Levett Frederick Martini Nita Naldi.......................Native George Snell John Stuart......................Hugh Fielding Virginia Valli...................Patsy Brand Trivia: - Hitchcock's first film was almost doomed when Austrian customs officials confiscated the film stock on the journey to do some location shooting. - Although shot a year before, the film wasn't actually released until after "The Lodger" was a massive hit. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .0.0002221 251 8.0 Psycho (1960) Summary: Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Horror Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock (AAN) Writers: Robert Bloch (novel) Joseph Stefano Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: John L. Russell (AAN) Cast: Frank Albertson..................Tom Cassidy John Anderson....................California Charlie Martin Balsam....................Milton Arbogast John Gavin.......................Sam Loomis Virginia Gregg...................Voice of mother Patricia Hitchcock...............Caroline Paul Jasmin......................Voice of Mother Ted Knight.......................Prison Guard Janet Leigh (S:AAN) (S:GG).......Marion Crane John McIntire....................Sheriff Chambers Vera Miles.......................Lila Crane Mort Mills.......................Highway Patrolman Jeanette Nolan...................Voice of Mother Simon Oakland....................Dr. Richmond Anthony Perkins..................Norman Bates Vaughn Taylor....................George Lowery Lurene Tuttle....................Mrs. Chambers Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 4 minutes in wearing a cowboy hat outside Janet Leigh's office. - The film only cost $800,000 to make yet has earned more than $40,000,000. Hitchcock used the crew from his TV series to save time and money. In 1962 exchanged the rights to the film and his TV-series for a huge block of MCA's stock (he became their third largest stockholder). - Robert Bloch's original novel was inspired by the notorious serial killer Ed Gein who was also one of the inspirations for the character of Hannibal Lector (The Silence of the Lambs/Manhunter). - Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for just $9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret. - The shower scene has over 90 splices in it, and was not directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The production designer [?] had such a good idea for the scene that Hitchcock let him direct it. - During the shooting of the shower scene, Hitchcock arranged for the water to suddenly go ice-cold when the attack started. - Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent, but Bernard Herrmann went ahead and scored it anyway and Hitch immediately changed his mind. - The blood in the shower scene is actually chocolate sauce. - The shot of Janet Leigh flushing the toilet is believed to be the first such shot in American cinema history. - Hitchcock tested the "fear factor" of mother's corpse by placing it in Janet Leigh's dressing room and listening to how loud she screamed when she discovered it. - There is a rumor that the MPAA refused to pass this film because they claimed to be able to see Janet Leigh's nipple during the shower scene. Hitchcock didn't edit it out, but merely sent it back, (correctly, it seems) assuming that they either wouldn't bother to watch it, or miss it the second time. - Hitchcock insisted that audiences should only be allowed to see the film from the start so as not to ruin the surprise. This was unheard of back then as people were used to just coming in at any point during a movie. - After the film's release Hitchcock received an angry letter from the father of a girl who refused to have a bath after seeing Diabolique and now refused to shower after seeing Psycho. Hitch sent a note back simply saying "Send her to the dry cleaners". ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 00.0001321 247 8.2 Rear Window (1954) Summary: Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbours. He begins to suspect that the man opposite may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his society model girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his nurse Stella to investigate. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock (AAN) Writers: John Michael Hayes (S:AAN) Cornell Woolrich (novel) Composer: Franz Waxman Director of Photography: Robert Burks (AAN) Cast: Ross Bagdasarian.................Songwriter Denny Bartlett Sara Berner......................Woman on Fire Escape Raymond Burr.....................Lars Thorwald Frank Cady.......................Man on Fire Escape Wendell Corey....................Thomas J. Doyle Georgine Darcy...................Miss Torso Havis Davenport Marla English....................Party Girl Judith Evelyn....................Miss Lonely Hearts Jesslyn Fax......................Sculptress Fred Graham Kathryn Grant....................Party Girl Rand Harper......................Honeymooner Len Hendry Grace Kelly......................Lisa Fremont Harry Landers....................Young Man Alan Lee Mike Mahoney Edwin Parker Thelma Ritter....................Stella Dick Simmons James Stewart....................Jeff (L. B. Jeffries) Anthony Warde Irene Winston....................Mrs. Thorwald Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance an hour into the film, winding the clock in the songwriter's apartment. - At the time the set was the largest indoor set built at Paramount Studios. - The film was unavailable for many years owing to a dispute with Cornell Woolrich's estate over the rights to the original story. - Hitchcock supposedly hired Raymond Burr to play the villain because he looked like his old producer David O. Selznick. - Other than a couple of shots near the end and the discovery of the dead dog all the shots in the movie originate from Stewart's apartment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 000.011221 66 7.8 Rebecca (1940) Summary: A shy ladies companion is staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer when she meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. Max is still troubled by the death of his wife, Rebecca in a boating accident the year before. She and Max fall in love, get married and return to Manderlay, his large country estate in Cornwall. The second Mrs. de Winter meets the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderlay. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Romance Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock (AAN) Writers: Daphne Du Maurier (novel) Joan Harrison (S:AAN) Robert E. Sherwood (S:AAN) Composer: Franz Waxman (O:AAN) Director of Photography: George Barnes (AA) Cast: Judith Anderson (S:AAN)..........Mrs. Danvers Florence Bates...................Mrs. Van Hopper Nigel Bruce......................Major Giles Lacy Leonard Carey....................Ben Leo G. Carroll...................Dr. Baker Gladys Cooper....................Beatrice Lacy Melville Cooper..................Coroner Reginald Denny...................Frank Crawley Edward Fielding..................Frith Joan Fontaine (AAN)..............Mrs. de Winter Gladys George....................Beatrice Lacey Lumsden Hare.....................Tabbs Forrester Harvey.................Chalcroft Laurence Olivier (AAN)...........Maxim de Winter George Sanders...................Jack Favell C. Aubrey Smith..................Colonel Julyan Philip Winter....................Robert Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance walking past a phone booth just after George Sanders makes a call in the final part of the movie. - The first film Hitchcock made in Hollywood and the only one that won a best picture Oscar (and even that went to the film's producer). - Just as in the original novel, Joan Fontaine's character has no first name. - Over 20 actresses were tested for the role that eventually went to Joan Fontaine. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ...1124.2. 10 6.7 Rich and Strange (1932) Summary: Fred and Emily Hill lead a boring life in the London suburbs. They decide to escape from it all by writing to a rich relative and asking for their inheritance in advance. Using the money they go on a world cruise and get into a series of misadventures. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Comedy Romance Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Alfred Hitchcock Alma Reville Val Valentine Composer: Hal Dolphe Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Betty Amann......................The Princess Joan Barry.......................Emily Hill Henry Kendall....................Fred Hill Percy Marmont....................Commander Gordon Elsie Randolph...................The Old Maid ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ...2222... 4 5.5 Ring, The (1927) Summary: Jack Saunders and Bob Corby are two boxers in love with Nellie. Jack and Nellie are married but their marriage is flat so she starts to look to Bob for comfort. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Boxing Silent Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Alfred Hitchcock Alma Reville Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: Carl Brisson.....................Jack Sanders Lillian Hall-Davies..............Nelly Gordon Harker Forrester Harvey.................Harry Tom Helmore Ian Hunter.......................Bob Corby Harry Terry Billy Wells ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.00012210 85 6.9 Rope (1948) Summary: Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York appartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley and as a consequence decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father, his fiancee Janet and their old schoolteacher Rupert from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Suspense Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Patrick Hamilton (play) Arthur Laurents Composer: Leo F. Forbstein Director of Photography: Joseph A. Valentine Cast: Joan Chandler....................Janet Constance Collier................Mrs. Atwater John Dall........................Brandon Douglas Dick.....................Kenneth Edith Evanson ..................Mrs. Wilson Farley Granger...................Philip Cedric Hardwicke.................Mr. Kentley Dick Hogan.......................David Kentley James Stewart....................Rupert Cadell Trivia: - Hitchcock's trademark can be seen on a neon sign in the view from the apartment window. - The film was shot in a series of 8 minute continuous takes (the maximum amount of film that a camera could hold). At the end of each segment the camera zooms in on a dark object, ready to zoom out for the start of the next segment. Most of the props were on castors and the crew had to wheel them out of the way as the camera moved around the set. - Hitchcock only managed to shoot roughly one segment per day. The last 4 or 5 segments had to be completely re-shot because Hitch wasn't happy with the colour of the sunset. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0..00341.. 20 6.2 Sabotage (1936) Aka Titles: Woman Alone, A Summary: Mr. Verloc is part of a gang of foreign saboteurs operating out of London. He manages a small cinema with his wife and her teenage brother as a cover, but they know nothing of his secret. Scotland Yard assign an undercover detective to work at the shop next to the cinema in order to observe the gang. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Charles Bennett Joseph Conrad (novel) E.V.H. Emmett Ian Hay Helen Simpson Composer: Louis Levy Director of Photography: Bernard Knowles Cast: Sara Allgood Joyce Barbour....................Renee Pamela Bevan Matthew Boulton..................Superintendent Peter Bull William Dewhurst.................Professor Clare Greet Oscar Homolka....................Mr. Verloc Martita Hunt John Loder.......................Ted Sylvia Sidney....................Mrs. Verloc Desmond Tester...................Her Brother Torin Thatcher Austin Trevor S.J. Warmington..................Hollinghead Sam Wilkinson ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0..00241.. 23 6.3 Saboteur (1942) Summary: Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire which killed his best friend. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Road Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Joan Harrison Alfred Hitchcock (story) Dorothy Parker Peter Viertel Composer: Frank Skinner Director of Photography: Joseph A. Valentine Cast: Kathryn Adams Murray Alper Alan Baxter......................Mr. Freeman Oliver Blake Anita Bolster Frances Carson Robert Cummings..................Barry Kane Billy Curtis Pedro De Cordoba Vaughn Glaser Alma Kruger......................Mrs. Van Sutton Otto Kruger......................Charles Tobin Priscilla Lane...................Patricia Martin Anita LeDeaux Norman Lloyd.....................Fry Dorothy Peterson Jeanne Roher Lynn Roher Ian Wolfe Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance about an hour in standing in front of Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car stops. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....01501. 16 7.0 Secret Agent (1936) Summary: British soldier and novelist Edgar Brodie returns home during WWI to find that a government agency has faked a report of his death. They get him to change his name to Richard Ashenden and travel to Switzerland to track down a German agent. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Spy Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Charles Bennett Campbell Dixon Ian Hay Jesse Lasky Jr. W. Somerset Maugham Composer: Louis Levy Director of Photography: Bernard Knowles Cast: Madeleine Carroll................Elsa Charles Carson...................R John Gielgud.....................Ashenden Tom Helmore Florence Kahn....................Mrs. Caypor Peter Lorre......................The General Percy Marmont....................Caypor Lilli Palmer.....................Lilli Michael Redgrave Michel Saint-Davis Robert Young.....................Marvin ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 00.0.11220 51 7.6 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Summary: The Newton family lead a quiet life in the North California town of Santa Rosa. The Newton's eldest daughter, Charlotte, decides that things need brightening up and resolves to contact her Uncle Charlie (after whom she is named) and invite him to stay. On arrival at the telegraph office she discovers he is already on his way. However, Uncle Charlie is being pursued by a couple of detectives who suspect him of being "The Merry Widow Murderer", an evil strangler wanted in connection with the deaths of several rich East coast widows. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Sally Benson Gordon McDonell (story) (StO:AAN) Alma Reville Thornton Wilder Composer: Dmitri Tiomkin Director of Photography: Joseph A. Valentine Cast: Irving Bacon.....................Station Master Charles Bates....................Roger Newton Virginia Brissac.................Mrs. Phillips Macdonald Carey..................Jack Graham Frances Carson...................Mrs. Poetter Patricia Collinge................Emma Newton Joseph Cotten....................Charlie Oakley Hume Cronyn......................Herbie Hawkins Earle S. Dewey...................Mr. Norton Sarah Edwards....................Doctor's wife on Train Edward Fielding..................Doctor on Train Wallace Ford.....................Fred Saunders Vaughn Glaser....................Dr. Phillips Estelle Jewell...................Girlfriend Ruth Lee.........................Mrs. MacCurdy Eily Malyon......................Librarian John McGuire.....................Detective Shirley Mills....................Young Girl Clarence Muse....................Railroad Porter Constance Purdy..................Mrs. Martin Isabel Randolph..................Mrs. Green Grandon Rhodes...................Reverand MacCurdy Janet Shaw.......................Louise Byron Shores.....................Detective Edwin Stanley....................Mr. Green Henry Travers....................Joseph Newton Minerva Urecal...................Mrs. Henderson Edna Mae Wonacott................Ann Newton Teresa Wright....................Young Charlie Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance on the train to Santa Rosa playing cards. He has the entire suit of spades in his hand, including the symbolic ace. - It was remade as "Step Down to Terror" in 1958 and as a TV movie in 1991. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ....3.3.3. 3 7.0 Skin Game, The (1931) Summary: An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: John Galsworthy (play) Alfred Hitchcock Alma Reville Director of Photography: Jack Cox Cast: George Bancroft..................Second Stranger Edward Chapman...................Dawker Jill Esmond......................Jill C.V. France......................Mr. Hillcrest Ronald Frankaus..................Auctioneer Dona Gregory.....................Mrs. Jackman Edmund Gwenn.....................Mr. Hornblower Helen Haye.......................Mrs. Hillcrest R.E. Jeffrey.....................First Stranger Phyllis Konstam..................Chloe Frank Lawton.....................Rolf John Longden.....................Charles Herbert Ross.....................Mr. Jackman ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ..00012310 49 7.3 Spellbound (1945) Summary: The head of the Green Manors mental asylum Dr. Murchison is retiring to be replaced by Dr. Edwards, a famous psychiatrist. Edwards arrives and is immediately attracted to the beautiful but cold Dr. Constance Petersen. However, it soon becomes apparent that Dr. Edwards is in fact a paranoid amnesiac imposter. He goes on the run with Constance who tries to help his condition and solve the mystery of what happened to the real Dr. Edwards. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Romance Psychoanalysis Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock (AAN) Writers: Francis Beeding (novel) Ben Hecht Angus MacPhail Composer: Miklos Rozsa (D:AA) Director of Photography: George Barnes (AAN) Cast: Jean Aker........................Matron Art Baker........................Lt. Cooley Richard Bartell..................Ticket Man Ingrid Bergman...................Dr. Constance Peterson Harry (II) Brown.................Gateman Leo G. Carroll...................Dr. Murchison Michael Chekhov (S:AAN)..........Dr. Brulov Donald Curtis....................Harry Joel Davis.......................John Ballantine (younger) John Emery.......................Dr. Fleurot Edward Fielding..................Dr. Edwardes Rhonda Fleming...................Mary Carmichael Wallace Ford.....................Hotel Stranger Steven Geray.....................Dr. Graff Bill Goodwin.....................House Detective Paul Harvey......................Dr. Hanish Teddy Infuhr.....................Ballantine's Brother Victor Kilian....................Sheriff Norman Lloyd.....................Garmes George Meader....................Railroad Clerk Matt Moore.......................Policeman Gregory Peck.....................John Ballantine Addison Richards.................Police Captain Erskine Sanford..................Dr. Galt Janet Scott......................Norma Clarence Straight................Secretary at Police Station Regis Toomey.....................Sergeant Gillespie Dave Willock.....................Bellboy Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 40 minutes in, coming out of the elevator at the Empire hotel carrying a violin. - One of the first Hollywood films to deal with psychoanalysis. - The dream sequence was designed by Salvador Dali, and was originally supposed to run to 20 minutes. It included a scene with Ingrid Bergman covered in ants. Only part of it was filmed, and even less of it ended up in the release version. - The shot where the audience sees the killer's view down a gun barrel pointing at Ingrid Bergman was filmed using a giant hand holding a giant gun to get the perspective correct. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.00022.1. 14 5.9 Stage Fright (1950) Summary: Jonathan Cooper is wanted by the police who suspect him of killing his lover's husband. His friend Eve Gill offers to hide him and Jonathan explains to her that his lover, actress Charlotte Inwood is the real murderer. Eve decides to investigate for herself, but when she meets the detective in charge of the case, she starts to fall in love. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Whitfield Cook Selwyn Jepson (novel) Composer: Leighton Lucas Director of Photography: Wilkie Cooper Cast: Ballard Berkeley Marlene Dietrich.................Charlotte Inwood Joyce Grenfell...................Shooting Gallery Attendant Patricia Hitchcock...............Chubby Banister Hector MacGregor.................Freddie Miles Malleson...................Bibulous gent Andre Morell.....................Inspector Byard Alastair Sim.....................Commodore Gill Sybil Thorndike..................Mrs. Gill Richard Todd.....................Jonathan Cooper Kay Walsh........................Nellie Michael Wilding..................Inspector Wilfred Smith Jane Wyman.......................Eve Gill Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance turning to look at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0..0001310 62 7.7 Strangers on a Train (1951) Summary: Psychotic mother's boy Bruno Anthony meets famous tennis professional Guy Haines on a train. Guy wants to move into a career in politics and has been dating a senator's daughter (Ann Morton) while awaiting a divorce from his wife. Bruno wants to kill his father, but knows he will be caught because he has a motive. Bruno dreams up a crazy scheme whereby he and Guy exchange murders. Guy takes this as a joke, but Bruno is serious and takes things into his own hands. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Raymond Chandler Patricia Highsmith (novel) Czenzi Ormonde Composer: Dmitri Tiomkin Director of Photography: Robert Burks (AAN) Cast: Joel Allen.......................Policeman Murray Alper.....................Boatman Monya Andre......................Dowager John Brown.......................Professor Collins John Butler......................Blind Man Leonard Carey....................Butler Leo G. Carroll...................Senator Morton Edward Clark.....................Mr. Hargreaves John Doucette....................Hammond Laura Elliot.....................Miriam Haines Roy Engel........................Policeman Tommy Farrell....................Miriam's Boyfriend Sam Flint........................Man Robert Gist......................Hennessy Farley Granger...................Guy Haines Jonathan Hale....................Mr. Antony Eddie Hearn......................Sgt. Campbell Harry Hines......................Man Under Merry-Go-Round Patricia Hitchcock...............Barbara Morton Mary Alan Hokanson...............Secretary Edna Holland.....................Mrs. Joyce J. Louis Johnson.................Butler Louis Lettieri...................Boy Marion Lorne.....................Mrs. Antony Charles Meredith.................Judge Dolan Ralph Moody......................Seedy Man Rolland Morris...................Miriam's Boyfriend Odette Myrtil....................Madame Darville Minna Phillips...................Dowager George Renevant..................Monsieur Darville Ruth Roman.......................Anne Morton Howard St. John..................Captain Turley Janet Stewart....................Girl Shirley Tegge....................Girl Laura Treadwell..................Mrs. Anderson Norma Varden.....................Mrs. Cunningham Robert Walker....................Bruno Antony Howard Washington................Waiter Dick Wessel......................Bill Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance early in the film boarding a train carrying a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off the train (see also his cameo in The Paradine Case). - Once again Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously to keep the price down and got them for just $7,500 - Raymond Chandler is credited as the main author of the script, but it was almost completely written by Czenzi Ormonde who was credited as second author. - The movie was remade as "Once you Kiss a Stranger" in 1969. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ..00013210 48 7.2 Suspicion (1941) Summary: Johnny Aysgarth is a handsome gambler who seems to live by borrowing money from friends. He meets shy Lina McLaidlaw on a train whilst trying to travel in a first class carriage with a third class ticket. He begins to court Lina and before long they are married. It is only after the honeymoon that she discovers his true character and she starts to become suspicious when Johnny's friend and business partner, Beaky is killed mysteriously. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Mystery Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Joan Harrison Francis Iles (novel) Samson Raphaelson Alma Reville Composer: Franz Waxman (D:AAN) Director of Photography: Harry Stradling Sr. Cast: Heather Angel....................Ethel Billy Bevan......................Ticket Taker Nigel Bruce......................Beaky Leo G. Carroll...................Captain Melbeck Joan Fontaine (AA)...............Lina McLaidlaw Cary Grant.......................Johnnie Aysgarth Cedric Hardwicke.................Mr. McLaidlaw Lumsden Hare.....................Inspector Hodgson Gertrude Hoffman.................Mrs. Wetherby Isabel Jeans.....................Mrs. Newsham Auriol Lee.......................Isobel Sedbusk Hilda Plowright..................Postmistress Reginald Sheffield...............Reggie Wetherby Ben Webster......................Registrar May Whitty.......................Mrs. McLaidlaw Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 45 minutes in, mailing a letter at the village post office. - In the scene where Cary Grant brings a glass of milk up to Joan Fontaine, Hitch had a light hidden in the glass to make it appear more sinister. - Hitchcock originally wanted Grant to be guilty, but the studio insisted that the public wouldn't accept him as a murderer. - It was remade as a British TV movie in 1987 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0...012220 93 7.6 To Catch a Thief (1955) Summary: A series of ingenious jewelry robberies takes place on the French Riviera. The police suspect John Robbie - an expert thief who was known as "The Cat" before he retired from crime. Robbie enlists the help of an insurance man to guess where the real thief will strike next. He befriends wealthy widow Jessie Stevens and her attractive daughter Frances. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Romance Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: David Dodge (novel) John Michael Hayes Composer: Lyn Murray Director of Photography: Robert Burks (AA) Cast: John Alderson....................Detective Georgette Anys...................Germaine Brigitte Auber...................Danielle Rene Blancard....................Lepic Lewis Charles Guy De Vestel....................Detective Russell Gaige....................Mr. Sanford Cary Grant.......................John Robie Jean Hebey.......................Mercier Grace Kelly......................Frances Stevens Bela Kovacs......................Detective Jessie Royce Landis..............Jessie Stevens Roland Lesaffre..................Claude Jean Martinelli..................Foussard Don Megowan......................Detective Paul Newlan......................Vegetableman Leonard Penn.....................Monaco Policeman Marie Stoddard...................Mrs. Sanford Charles Vanel....................Bertani John (I) Williams................H. H. Hughson Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 10 minutes in, sitting next to Cary Grant on a bus. - The road where Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are pursued by the police is the same one where Kelly died in a car crash 27 years later. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0.0122010. 33 5.7 Topaz (1969) Summary: A high ranking Russian official defects to the United States, where he is interviewed by US agent Michael Nordstrom. The defector reveals that a French spy ring codenamed "Topaz" has been passing NATO secrets to the Russians. Michael calls in his French friend and counterpart Andre Devereaux to expose the spies. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Spy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Samuel Taylor Leon Uris (novel) Composer: Maurice Jarre Director of Photography: Jack Hildyard Cast: Per-Axel Arosenius...............Boris Kusenov Lew Brown........................American Official Roscoe Lee Browne................Philippe Dubois Lewis Charles....................Mr. Mendoza Roberto Contreras................Munoz Karin Dor........................Juanita de Cordoba John Forsythe....................Michael Nordstrom Tina Hedstrom....................Tamara Kusenov Claude Jade......................Michele Picard Sonja Kolthoff...................Mrs. Kusenov Anna Navarro.....................Mrs. Mendoza Philippe Noiret..................Henri Jarre Michel Piccoli...................Jacques Granville Don Randolph.....................Luis Uribe Carlos Rivas.....................Hernandez Dany Robin.......................Nicole Devereaux John Roper.......................Thomas Edmond Ryan......................McKittreck George Skaff.....................Rene d'Arcy Frederick Stafford...............Andre Devereaux Michel Subor.....................Francois Picard Sandor Szabo.....................Emile Redon Roger Til........................Jean Chabrier John Van Dreelen.................Claude Martin John Vernon......................Rico Parra Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance 30 minutes in at the airport getting out of a wheelchair. - The film was Hitchcock's biggest flop, costing over $4M to make, but taking less than $1M - Leon Uris wrote the first draft of the screenplay, but Hitch declared it unshootable at the last minute and called in Samuel Taylor (writer of Vertigo) to rewrite it from scratch. Some scenes were written just hours before they were shot. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .000023100 28 6.5 Torn Curtain (1966) Summary: U.S. rocket scientist Michael Armstrong and his assistant/fiancee Sarah Sherman are attending a convention in Norway. Michael is acting very suspiciously and Sarah follows him to East Germany when he apparently tries to defect to the other side. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Spy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writer: Brian Moore Composers: John Addison Bernard Herrmann (rejected) Director of Photography: John F. Warren Cast: Julie Andrews....................Sarah Sherman Carolyn Conwell..................Farmer's Wife Ludwig Donath....................Professor Gustav Lindt Hans-Joerg Felmy.................Heinrich Gerhard Gisela Fischer...................Dr. Koska Gloria Gorvin Arthur Gould-Porter..............Freddy Lila Kedrova.....................Countess Luchinska Wolfgang Kieling.................Hermann Gromek Mort Mills.......................Farmer Paul Newman......................Michael Armstrong David Opatoshu...................Jakobi Gunter Strack....................Professor Karl Manfred Tamara Toumanova ...............Ballerina Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance early in the film sitting in a hotel lobby with a baby on his knee. - The scene where agent Gromek is killed was written to show how difficult it really can be to kill a man. - Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall did extensive (uncredited) rewrites on the script. - Bernard Herrmann wrote the original score, but Universal executives convinced Hitch that they needed a more upbeat score. Hitch and Herrmann had a major disagreement, the score was dropped and they never worked together again. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ..00023200 85 7.0 Trouble with Harry, The (1955) Summary: Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. The problem is that almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Black_Comedy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: John Michael Hayes Jack Trevor Story (novel) Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Ernest Curt Bach Royal Dano.......................Calvin Wiggs Mildred Dunnock..................Mrs. Wiggs Parker Fennelly..................Millionaire John Forsythe....................Sam Marlowe Edmund Gwenn.....................Captain Albert Wiles Shirley MacLaine.................Jennifer Rogers Barry Macollum...................Tramp Dwight Marfield..................Dr. Greenbow Jerry Mathers....................Arnie Rogers Mildred Natwick..................Miss Gravely Philip Truex Leslie Wolff Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance about 20 minutes in, walking past the limousine of a man looking at the paintings. - Bernard Herrmann's score was the first of a long collaboration with Hitchcock that lasted nearly nine years. - Once again Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously for just $11,000. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .002212... 13 5.0 Under Capricorn (1949) Summary: In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: James Bridie Helen Simpson (novel) Composer: Richard Addinsell Director of Photography: Jack Cardiff Cast: Ronald Adam Ingrid Bergman...................Henrietta Flusky Joseph Cotten....................Sam Flusky Francis De Wolff Maureen Delaney Julia Lang Margaret Leighton................Milly Roderick Lovell Victor Lucas Betty McDermot G.H. Mulcaster Denis O'Dea......................Corrigan Cecil Parker.....................Governor John Ruddock Bill Shine Olive Sloan Jack Watling.....................Winter Michael Wilding..................Charles Adare Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance five minutes into the movie in the town square wearing a coat and a brown hat. Ten minutes later he is one of three men on the steps of government house. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0..0001311 189 7.9 Vertigo (1958) Summary: San Francisco police detective Scottie Fergusson develops a fear of heights and is forced to retire when a colleague falls to his death during a chase. An old college friend (Gavin Elster) hires Scottie to watch his wife Madeleine who has become obsessed with the past. Scottie follows her around San Francisco and is drawn into a complex plot. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Mystery Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Pierre Boileau (novel) Alec Coppel Thomas Narcejac (novel) Samuel Taylor Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Raymond Bailey...................Doctor Barbara Bel Geddes...............Midge Ellen Corby......................Manageress Tom Helmore......................Gavin Elster Henry Jones......................Official Kim Novak........................Madeleine/Judy Lee Patrick......................Older Mistaken Identification Konstantin Shayne................Pop Leibel James Stewart....................Scottie Ferguson Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance about 11 minutes in wearing a gray suit walking past Gavin Elster's shipyard. - The film is based upon the novel "D'Entre les Morts" which was written specifically for Hitchcock after the authors heard that he tried to buy the rights to their previous novel "Diabolique". - San Juan Batista, the Spanish mission which features in key scenes in the movie doesn't actually have a bell tower - it was added with trick photography. The mission originally had a steeple but it was demolished following a fire. - The screenplay is credited to Alec Coppel and Samuel Taylor, but Coppel didn't write a word of the final draft. He is credited for contractual reasons only. Taylor read neither Coppel's script nor the original novel, he worked solely from Hitchcock's outline of the story. - Hitchcock reportedly spent a week filming a brief scene where Kim Novak stares at a portrait in the Palace of the Legion of Honor just to get the lighting right. - Hitchcock invented the famous combination of forward zoom and reverse tracking shot to convey the sense of vertigo to the audience. The view down the mission stair well cost $19,000 for just a couple of seconds of screen time. - Hitchcock originally wanted Vera Miles to play Madeleine, but she got pregnant and was therefore unavailable. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: .....*.... 2 6.0 Waltzes from Vienna (1933) Summary: The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Musical Comedy Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Guy Bolton (also play) Alma Reville Composer: Johann Strauss Cast: Marcus Barron....................Drexter Fay Compton......................The Countess Bertram Dench Hindle Edgar.....................Leopold Sybil Grove Edmund Gwenn.....................Strauss the Elder Robert Hale......................Ebezeder Charles Heslop Betty Huntley Wright Esmond Knight....................Strauss the Younger B.M. Lewis Jessie Matthews..................Rasi Billy Shine Jr. Cyril Smith Frank Vosper.....................The Prince ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: 0...02320. 19 6.7 Wrong Man, The (1957) Summary: Manny Ballestero is an honest hardworking musician at New York's Stork Club. When his wife needs money for dental treatment, Manny goes to the local insurance office to borrow on her policy. Employees at the office mistake him for a hold-up man who robbed them the year before and the police are called. The film tells the true story of what happened to Manny and his family. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Drama Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Maxwell Anderson Angus MacPhail Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director of Photography: Robert Burks Cast: Charles Aidman...................Jail Medical Attendant Sammy Armaro.....................Suspect Barry Atwater....................Mr. Bishop Laurinda Barrett.................Constance Willis Michael Ann Barrett..............Miss Daily John C. Becher...................Liquor Store Proprietor Henry Beckman....................Prisoner Ray Bennett......................Policeman Harold Berman....................Court Stenographer Mary Boylan......................Curious Customer Paul Bryar.......................Interrogation Officer Ed Bryce.........................Court Officer John Caler.......................Soldier Kippy Campbell...................Robert Balestrero Leonard Capone...................Court Clerk Paul Carr........................Young Man Gordon Clark.....................Police Attendant Norma Connelly...................Betty Todd Charles Cooper...................Detective Matthews William Crane....................Juror Lola D'Annunzio..................Olga Conforti Spencer Davis....................Prisoner's Lawyer Mel Dowd.........................Nurse Josef Draper.....................Juror Richard Durham...................Department of Correction Guard Robert Essen.....................Gregory Balestrero Olga Fabian......................Mrs. Mank Henry Fonda......................Manny Balestrero Bonny Franklin...................Young Girl Chris Gampel.....................Department of Correction Guard Earl George......................Delicatessen Proprietor Charles J. Guiotta...............Court Officer Cherry Hardy.....................Waving Woman Will Hare........................McKaba John Heldabrand..................Tomasini Rhodelle Heller..................Stork Club Customer Bill Hudson......................Police Lieutenant from the 110th precinct Anna Karen.......................Miss Duffield Barbara Karen....................Giggly Girl Mike Keene.......................Department of Correction Guard David Kelly......................Policeman Werner Klemperer.................Dr. Bannay Walter Kohler....................Manny's Felony Court Attorney Doreen Lang......................Ann James William LeMassena................Sang Alexander Lockwood...............Emmerton Dayton Lummis....................Judge Groat Maurice Manson...................District Attorney Donald May.......................Arresting Patrolman Marc May.........................Tomasini's Assistant Don McGovern.....................Waving Man John McKee.......................Police Attendant Dallas Midgette..................Customer at Bickford's Vera Miles.......................Rose Balestrero Silvio Minciotta.................Mr. Balestrero Esther Minciotti.................Manny's Mother Pat Morrow.......................Young Girl Thomas J. Murphy.................Court Officer Daniel Ocko......................Felony Court Judge Nehemiah Persoff.................Gene Conforti Natalie Priest...................Delicatessen Proprietor's Wife Anthony Quayle...................Frank O'Connor Allan Ray........................Suspect Frances Reid.....................Mrs. O'Connor Maria Reid.......................Spanish Woman Richard Robbins..................Daniell Rossana San Marco................Mrs. Ferraro Penny Santon.....................Spanish Woman Frank Schofield..................Department of Correction Guard Elizabeth Scott..................Waving Woman Helen Shields....................Receptionist Otto Simanek.....................Mr. Mank Oliver Stacey....................Stork Club Customer Harry Stanton....................Department of Correction Guard John Stephen.....................Stork Club Customer Harold J. Stone..................Lt. Bowers Clarence Straight................Policeman Dino Terranova...................Mr. Ferraro Emerson Treacy...................Mr. Wendon John Truax.......................Suspect Don Turner.......................Detective John Vivyan......................Detective Holman Peggy Webber.....................Miss Dennerly Tuesday Weld.....................Giggly Girl Maurice Wells....................Department of Correction Guard Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance narrating the film's prologue. The only time he actually spoke in any of his films. - Although based on a true story, Hitchcock deliberately left out some of the information that pointed to Manny's innocence to heighten the tension. - The "right" man (the real culprit) can be seen several times during the film: outside the Stork Club, in the Victor Moore arcade and near one of the liquor stores where the police take Manny. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Title: ..0..422.. 15 6.5 Young and Innocent (1937) Summary: A film actress is murdered by her estranged husband who is jealous of all her young boyfriends. The next day, writer Robert Tisdall (who happens to be one such boyfriend) discovers her body on the beach. He runs to call the police, however, two witnesses think that he is the escaping murderer. Robert is arrested, but owing to a mix up at the courthouse, he escapes and goes on the run with a police constable's daughter Erica, determined to prove his innocence. Summary by: Colin Needham Genres: Thriller Director: Alfred Hitchcock Writers: Charles Bennett Alma Reville Josephine Tey (novel) Composer: Louis Levy Director of Photography: Bernard Knowles Cast: Frank Atkinson Clive Baxter Pamela Bevan Pamela Carme.....................Christine Albert Chevalier Mary Clare.......................Erica's Aunt George Curzon....................Guy Derrick De Marney................Robert Tisdall William Fazan Gerry Fitzgerald Richard George Anna Konstam John Longden.....................Det. Insp. Kent H.F. Maltby Percy Marmont....................Col. Burgoyne George Merritt John Miller Fred O'Donovan Nova Pilbeam.....................Erica Burgoyne Basil Radford....................Erica's Uncle Edward Rigby.....................Old Will J.H. Roberts Peggy Simpson Torin Thatcher Beatrice Varley Jerry Verno Jack Vyvian Humberston Wright Trivia: - Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance outside the courthouse holding a camera as Derrick de Marney escapes. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- HITCHCOCK ON LASERDISC ====================== This section gives details of all Hitchcock's work available on NTSC LaserDisc in the USA. Many thanks to Dave Radcliffe for this information. Title Year Format Sides Price Distrib. Catalog Extras ----- ---- ------ ----- ----- -------- ------- ------ 39 Steps, The 1935 CLV 2 39.95 Criterion CC1103L Alfred Hitchcock Presents CLV 2 34.95 MCA 40009 (1) Birds, The 1963 CLV 3 39.98 MCA 11007 (2) Blackmail 1929 CLV 2 49.95 Criterion CC1297L (0) Dial M for Murder 1953 CLV 2 34.98 Warner 11156 Family Plot 1976 CLV/CAV 3 39.98 MCA 11005 (3) Foreign Correspondent 1940 CLV/CAV 3 39.98 Warner 35080 Frenzy 1972 CLV 2 34.95 MCA 11006 (4) I Confess 1952 CLV 2 34.98 Warner 11063 Lady Vanishes, The 1938 CLV 2 34.95 Criterion CC1108L Lifeboat 1943 CLV 2 39.98 CBS/Fox 1393-80 Man Who Knew Too Much, The 1934 CLV/CAV 2 29.95 Image ID7462FP Man Who Knew Too Much, The 1956 CLV 2 29.95 MCA 40129 Marnie 1964 CLV 3 39.95 MCA 40156 (5) Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1941 CLV 2 39.98 Image ID6405TU North by Northwest 1959 CLV 3 69.95 Criterion CC1226L North by Northwest 1959 CLV/CAV 3 29.95 MGM/UA (6) North by Northwest 1959 CAV 6 124.95 Criterion CC1145L (7) Notorious 1946 CLV 2 44.95 Criterion CC1204L (8) Notorious 1946 CAV 4 99.95 Criterion CC1203L (9) Psycho 1960 CLV 2 34.95 MCA 11003 (10) Rear Window 1954 CLV 2 34.95 MCA 40081 Rebecca 1940 CLV 3 69.95 Criterion CC1199L (11) Rebecca 1940 CAV/CLV 6 124.95 Criterion CC1198L (12) Rope 1948 CLV 2 34.98 MCA 40110 Sabotage 1936 CLV 2 34.95 Criterion CC1117L Saboteur 1942 CLV 2 34.95 MCA 40111 (13) Secret Agent 1936 CLV 2 29.95 Criterion CC1118L Shadow of a Doubt 1943 CLV 2 34.95 MCA 40112 (14) Spellbound 1945 CLV 2 39.98 CBS/Fox 8035-80 Stage Fright 1950 CLV 2 34.98 Warner 11380 Strangers on a Train 1951 CLV 2 24.95 Warner 11062 Suspicion 1941 CLV 2 34.95 Image ID6404TU To Catch A Thief 1955 CLV 2 29.95 Paramount LV 6308 Topaz 1969 CLV/CAV 3 34.95 MCA 40473 (15) Torn Curtain 1966 CLV/CAV 3 39.95 MCA 40472 (16) Trouble With Harry, The 1956 CLV 2 34.95 MCA 40130 Under Capricorn 1949 CLV 2 39.95 Image ID8171VA Vertigo 1958 CLV 2 39.98 MCA 40082 Wrong Man, The 1957 CLV 2 34.95 Warner 11155 Young and Innocent 1937 CLV 2 34.95 Criterion CC1116L Note: For dual format discs, the final side is in the second format listed. Extras information: (0) Audio commentary by Charles Bennett, screentests, outtakes (1) Four half hour episodes from the TV series: Lamb to the Slaughter/The Case of Mr. Pelham/Banquo's Chair/ Back for Christmas (2) Trailers for: The Birds, Vertigo, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rear Window, Psycho (3) Theatrical trailers, production stills (4) Theatrical trailer (5) Theatrical trailer (6) Theatrical trailer (7) Theatrical trailer, publicity stills, production photos, interviews, storyboards, discussion of VistaVision (8) Audio commentary by Rudi Behlmer (9) Audio commentary by Rudi Behlmer, publicity stills, production info & techniques, possible alternate endings, radio version, theatrical trailer (10) Theatrical trailer (11) Audio commentary by Leonard J. Leff (12) Audio commentary by Leonard J. Leff, screen tests, interviews, publicity stills, radio version (13) Theatrical trailer (14) Theatrical trailer (15) Theatrical trailer, two alternate endings (16) Theatrical trailer ----------------------------------------------------------------- "Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man not a red herring" -- Cary Grant, North by Northwest ----------------------------------------------------------------- Col Needham | Phone: +44 272 799910 x 28704 HP Labs | cn@hplb.hpl.hp.com Bristol | cn@hplabs.hpl.hp.com U.K. | 100022.1126@compuserve.com -----------------------------------------------------------------

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