Category Archives: Hitchcock

Rope (1948) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 35th film is straight suspense, but also functions as a societal warning to teachers (and Nazis, and Nazi teachers) to more deeply consider what they teach. James Stewart plays Rupert Cadell, a teacher who teaches the right of the … Continue reading

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The Paradine Case (1947) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 34th film is a courtroom drama produced by David O. Selznick who held Hitchcock’s contract. The film stars Gregory Peck as Anthony Keane, a defense attorney; Ann Todd (on loan from J. Arthur Rank) as Gay Keane, his … Continue reading

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Notorious (1946) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 33rd film is a spy thriller heavy on suspense. Miami, Florida, 3:20 p.m., April the 24th, 1946. WWII has been over for almost 10 months, but it’s hardly out of the news. A German immigrant, a Mr. Huberman, … Continue reading

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Spellbound (1945) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 32nd film is an explanation of psychoanalysis with a mystery attached. Especially at the beginning people talk a lot about the mechanics of analysis, and the information is couched in discussions, and arguments too. The basic setup is … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage + Aventure Malgache (1944) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock returned to England in 1944 to film these two short films (about an hour to see both), which were designed to be shown in France to resistance workers as encouragement (and to an extent as cautionary tales) to … Continue reading

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Lifeboat (1944) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 31st film is a character study. Nine adults and a baby from a torpedoed freighter find their way to a lifeboat. They are the only survivors, because the German sub was blown up too. Only Constance “Connie” Porter … Continue reading

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Notice from George re’ Alfred Hitchcock Tuesday

There will be no Alfred Hitchcock review today. Next week: “Lifeboat”.

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Shadow of a Doubt (1942) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 30th film, and 6th shot in America, is an evil-comes-to-smalltown-America thriller, contrasting the openness of a welcoming family with the ruthlessness of a three-time killer who happens to be a relative – welcomed unquestioningly into their home. Teresa … Continue reading

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Saboteur (1942) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 29th movie is about the thrilling chase of a spy/saboteur from an airplane plant in Glendale to the Statue of Liberty by the innocent man accused of destroying the plant and killing his best friend – and the girl he … Continue reading

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Suspicion (1941) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 28th movie is romantic suspense, sort of like “Rebecca” but more suspenseful and less romantic. Lina Laidlaw (Joan Fontaine) is alone in a train compartment. Wearing reading glasses and uninteresting clothes, she is reading “Child Psychology”. In blackness … Continue reading

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