Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

Doris Day, 1922–2019

In 1975, Doris Day went on The Mike Douglas Show to promote her new book, the best-selling “Her Own Story”. She’s a little annoyed about being called the girl next door (obviously, not the first time she’s heard it) and questions what exactly that means. There was a sweetness to Day, which was a huge reason … Continue reading Doris Day, 1922–2019

Strangers on a Train: A Killer Deal

A TENNIS STAR PLAYS A MATCH WITH MURDER! In the early 1950s, the ever reliable Alfred Hitchcock hadn’t produced a truly memorable film since Notorious (1946), even if Rope (1948) was an exciting experiment. Then he laid his hands on Patricia Highsmith’s first novel, reportedly for a very small sum, which he managed by keeping … Continue reading Strangers on a Train: A Killer Deal

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

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

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

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 to … 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 the … Continue reading Notorious: Spy Games