Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017

We lost Harry Dean Stanton yesterday, at the age of 91. The quirky character actor had been around forever, it seemed at times, and he remained active till the end, appearing in the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and also alongside the director in the film Lucky. In the clip above, from 2014, the actor … Continue reading Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017

Martin Landau 1928-2017

In the clip above, film historian Neal Gabler talks to Martin Landau in 2008. The actor does a great impression of Woody Allen and talks about the ambiguous sexuality of his character in North by Northwest (1959). Which obviously gives Landau a reason to imitate Alfred Hitchcock as well. We lost Martin Landau two days ago … Continue reading Martin Landau 1928-2017

The Man Who Knew Too Much

PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1 OF ALL THE WORLD… While vacationing in Switzerland, the Lawrences’ (Leslie Banks, Edna Best) witness a murder and receives information that should be valuable to the British… but then their daughter is kidnapped. A tightly directed and very enjoyable thriller that became a hit for Alfred Hitchcock, with a married couple … Continue reading The Man Who Knew Too Much

The 39 Steps: Another Man Knows Too Much

A HUNDRED STEPS AHEAD OF ANY PICTURE THIS YEAR! In 1934, Alfred Hitchcock had turned his first film for Gaumont British, a thriller called The Man Who Knew Too Much, into a hit. But his next endeavor for the studio and producer Michael Balcon would become his first truly great motion picture, an international hit … Continue reading The 39 Steps: Another Man Knows Too Much

San Francisco in Films and on TV

Every time I vacation in a major city I feel a need to buy a book that tries to capture either its soul or history. If I’m fortunate, the book does both. When I was in San Francisco last fall, I bought “A Crack in the Edge of the World” by Simon Winchester. I expected this … Continue reading San Francisco in Films and on TV

The Lady Vanishes: Terror on a Train

COMEDY! CHILLS! CHUCKLES! IN A MYSTERY EXPRESS!   Alfred Hitchcock was contractually bound to do one more film for producer Edward Black, but he was out of ideas. That’s when Black suggested “The Lost Lady”, an adaptation of a novel by Ethel Lina White. The project had begun a year earlier with a crew journeying … Continue reading The Lady Vanishes: Terror on a Train

The Trouble With Harry

A DIFFERENT KIND OF KICK-THE-BUCKET COMEDY! In the woods near Highwater, Vermont, several locals try to deal with the appearance of a dead man, among them Captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn), who believes that he must have shot him, and a young artist (John Forsythe). One of Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorites, this supremely enjoyable black … Continue reading The Trouble With Harry

Notorious: Spy Games

THE SCREEN’S TOP ROMANTIC STARS IN A MELODRAMATIC MASTERPIECE!   In the mid-40s, the legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick had plenty of opinions about the casting of Alfred Hitchcock’s upcoming thriller Notorious. He preferred Joseph Cotten over Cary Grant in the lead role, especially since he owned Cotten’s contract. In the end, he lost … Continue reading Notorious: Spy Games