Tag Archive: Alfred Hitchcock

Frenzy

BBBB (out of 5) Masterful work from the last period of Alfred Hitchcock’s career, this penultimate film shows that the auteur was in no danger of slowing down three decades after his Hollywood… Continue reading

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I Confess

BBB.5 (out of 5) Though even the most diehard Hitchcock enthusiasts find this to be a lesser entry in his oeuvre, it still packs some good punches after so many years.  Montgomery Clift is… Continue reading

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Rebecca

BBBBB (out of 5) A young woman who remains nameless throughout the film (Joan Fontaine) falls in love with moody aristocrat Max deWinter (Laurence Olivier) while working as an old lady’s companion at… Continue reading

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Torn Curtain

BB.5 (out of 5) One of Hitchcock’s dullest thrillers is this uneventful espionage adventure. Two scientists (Paul Newman, Julie Andrews) are attending a work-related conference and having a steamy affair in between lectures.… Continue reading

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Strangers On A Train

BBBBB (out of 5) Exceptional Alfred Hitchcock thriller that fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley will not want to miss. Written by Ripley author Patricia Highsmith, this one also features a social outcast… Continue reading

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Jamaica Inn

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock’s last film in England before being brought to America was this exciting gothic tale. It’s about an innocent Irish lass (Maureen O’Hara at her loveliest if it’s… Continue reading

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Marnie

BBB (out of 5) This middling effort by Alfred Hitchcock is a psychologically sound study into the mind of a frigid, deranged kleptomaniac (Tippi Hedren). At the film’s beginning, Hedren has ripped off… Continue reading

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Stage Fright

BBB.5 (out of 5) Even the camera plays tricks on you in this endlessly fun Hitchcock mystery, the first film he made in England after moving to Hollywood.  Jane Wyman plays a London… Continue reading

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The Lady Vanishes

BBBBB (out of 5) Stunning Hitchcock thriller made before his move to Hollywood two years later. A young woman (Margaret Lockwood) shares a train ride with a kindly British governess (Dame May Whitty)… Continue reading

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The Birds

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Tippi Hedren plays a rich young woman with expensive habits and wild ideas of fun who captures the interest of a California businessman (Rod Taylor). After playing a prank… Continue reading

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Under Capricorn

BB.5 (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock’s magic touch fails him in this passable but mostly forgettable drama, his second film made in colour. Michael Wilding plays an optimistic Irishman who travels to the… Continue reading

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Young And Innocent

BBB.5 (out of 5) Delightful early Hitchcock film in which many of his favourite themes appear, including the innocent man on the run and the moral woman with immoral attractions to criminal behaviour.… Continue reading

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Psycho (1960)

BBBBB (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous film ever, and the reason why millions of people all over the world still buy see-through shower curtains. Janet Leigh plays the epitome of Hitchcock’s… Continue reading

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Rope

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock once again makes a solid drama with plenty of suspenseful moments. Inspired by the true-life case of Leopold and Loeb, two lovers who went on a murdering… Continue reading

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Secret Agent

BBB (out of 5) Weirdly uneven Hitchcock mystery about a British soldier (John Gielgud) given a false death record against his own will and recruited into the government’s secret service operation. Based on… Continue reading

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North By Northwest

BBBBB (out of 5) Recently restored to its original brilliance, this one concerns an honest businessman (Cary Grant) mistakenly caught by foreign agents led by wiley James Mason, who think he’s a spy… Continue reading

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The Paradine Case

BB (out of 5) The worst film that Alfred Hitchcock ever made in Hollywood was this stinky drama that he was contractually obliged to make for producer David O. Selznick. Gregory Peck idiotically… Continue reading

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The 39 Steps

BBBB (out of 5) This and The Lady Vanishes are generally audience favourites of Hitchcock’s pre-Hollywood years. It establishes a major theme in the many of the master’s films, that of the lone… Continue reading

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Vertigo

BBBBB (out of 5) One of the greatest films of all time and Hitchcock’s masterpiece. This impeccably shot, edited, costumed, scored, written and directed thriller about near-necrophiliac obsession features one of James Stewart’s… Continue reading

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Notorious

BBBBB (out of 5) Ingrid Bergman plays the daughter of a man indicted for treason who is roped into a spy job when her father’s crime is dangled in her face by a shady… Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

BBBB (out of 5) Hitchcock remade this film twenty years after the original British production, and which one is better depends on who you ask (the maestro himself preferred the later film). While… Continue reading

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The Wrong Man

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent drama by Alfred Hitchcock, notable for being the first film he ever made that was based on a true story. This little change of pace also inspired him… Continue reading

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Spellbound (1945)

BBBB (out of 5) Even Hitchcock pointed out that this drama was a plain old manhunt story disguised under its more psychologically intricate trappings. Ingrid Bergman plays a psychiatrist whose latest patient (Gregory Peck at… Continue reading

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Number 17

BB (out of 5) Primitive special effects are a real kick in this early Hitchcock talkie about a bumbling tramp who stumbles into an abandoned house one day only to discover it is… Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock remade his own earlier version of this film, and though it’s technically better achieved, it isn’t as exciting as the original. James Stewart and Doris Day play a couple… Continue reading

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Lifeboat

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Memorable Hitchcock drama entirely takes place on one set. A group of wildly disparate characters are marooned in the middle of the ocean after their cruise liner is sunk… Continue reading

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Blackmail

BBB (out of 5) This early Hitchcock feature was originally shot as a silent film, then later reshot with synchronized sound, becoming England’s (and, naturally, Hitchcock’s) first talkie. Anny Ondra (whose dialogue had… Continue reading

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The Trouble With Harry

BBBB (out of 5) Whereas a lot of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense films feature a lot of humour in them, none are as darkly hilarious as this enjoyable little number. When a young boy… Continue reading

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Shadow Of A Doubt

BBBBB (out of 5) Hitchcock later said that this was his favourite of all the films he ever made, and you can see why. The story, about a naive schoolgirl (Teresa Wright in… Continue reading

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The Manxman

B (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film is one so unbearable I think even he could hardly stand it.  Anny Ondra is delightful as a woman torn in two when the… Continue reading

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To Catch A Thief

BBBB (out of 5) Cary Grant plays a famous thief who has retired to an easy life in Monaco. When jewel robbery goes on the rise in his city, he finds himself blamed… Continue reading

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Saboteur

BBBB (out of 5) Beautifully photographed but anticlimactic Hitchcock thriller about an innocent man (Robert Cummings) falsely accused of sabotage when someone sets fire to the airplane hangar he and a friend work… Continue reading

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Rear Window

BBBBB (out of 5) James Stewart is fantastic as a photojournalist who finds himself with nothing to do after a broken leg leaves him holed up in his apartment, staring at his back-window… Continue reading

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Suspicion

BBB (out of 5) Less-than-spectacular Hitchcock yarn about a paranoid housewife (Joan Fontaine, working with the director again after their success with Rebecca) who is convinced that her husband (Cary Grant) is trying… Continue reading

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Dial M For Murder

BBB (out of 5) Lesser Hitchcock thriller, about a nefarious businessman (Ray Milland) who wants to do away with his depressed wife (Grace Kelly) and collect her sizable inheritance. One night when he… Continue reading

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Mr. And Mrs. Smith (1941)

BBBB (out of 5) A casual viewer catching this one on late-night television will be shocked after the title credits bearing director Alfred Hitchcock’s name soon lead to a revelation of the film’s… Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent

BBBBB (out of 5) Alfred Hitchcock does it again with this fascinating spy thriller. An American reporter (Joel McCrea) covering news in Europe is supposed to be looking for signs of war when… Continue reading

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