What can we say about Alfred Hitchcock that hasn’t been already said and rehashed a million times on the mighty internet? Great Director. Check. Fat guy. Check. Perverted. Check. Makes cameos in his movies. Check. Died. Check. How about Alfred was born on August 13th – Friday. His directorial debut was to be the film “Number 13”, but was shut down after a few scenes due to “financial difficulties”. Rumors has it that he had no belly button. He was born with one, but doctors stitched it up after a stomach surgery. One more thing, chocolate syrup was used for Janet Leigh’s blood in the shower scene in “Psycho”.
So here is Alfred’s best and not so best of the best movies and quotes in “Good, Bad, and Ugly” form:
“Rear Window” (1954)
James Stewart, Grace Kelly, and Raymond Burr all in one movie! This was one of the best movies ever made in film history. “Rear Window” was added to the National Film Registry in 1997 and received four academy award nominations. James (Jimmy) Stewart was in a total four Hitchcock movies, all great ones. Grace Kelly appeared in three, also, all great ones. Stewart, playing L.B. Jefferies, is confined to a wheelchair in his Greenwich Village apartment after breaking his leg while photographing a race. He begins the hobby of spying on his neighbors to pass the time using binoculars. His rear window looks out into other apartments. He follows his neighbors such as the dancer, a lonely woman, married couples, a musician, a sculptor, and a jewelry salesman (Burr) and his wife. When Hitchcock is good, he’s great.
Quote: “Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.” – Alfred Hitchcock
The Bad: (Tie)
“Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (1941)
Wow! Divorced people who keep running in to each other in different and inopportune times? Thank god Hitchcock didn’t make any more of these comedies. Ann Smith asks her husband David if he had to do it again, would he marry her. He said “Nope”. She learns they weren’t legally married anyway…things don’t go as planned and she gets angry when he doesn’t ask her to marry him again. There is a cool scene when Ann and a friend, Jeff, are at the World’s Fair and get stuck in the rain on a ride. Bad movie.
The Bad: (Tie)
Released on December 19, 1969, I doubt people were running to the theaters for an early Christmas present to see this movie. Soviets and Cuba and France and Harlem. Wait…Harlem? Yep, Rico Parra stays at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem and watches “Soul Train”. Not really, he’s there to show solidarity to the African American community, well, the black community in those days. The best part of the movie happens at thirty three minutes when Alfred Hitchcock himself is seen at the airport, in a wheelchair. He greets a man, stands, and walks away with him.
Quote: “Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” – Alfred Hitchcock
“The Birds” (1963)
I know. I know. Great movie, one of his best…blah…blah…Hey! Killer birds attacking people sounds like a crappy “B-Movie” showing late at night. It’s famous because of Alfred Hitchcock, that’s the truth. If it were anyone else, it would have been criticized. If schlock director Lloyd Kaufman did this movie it would bomb. The most memorable scene is when the birds land on the playground.
Hitchcock Quote: “Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” – Alfred Hitchcock