Tag Archives: Alfred Hitchcock

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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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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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 27th film is not a suspense thriller. It is also not a comedy of manners, but it is a comedy of marriage, in which manners are not as important as truth, and rules cannot be broken. Like the … Continue reading

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Foreign Correspondent (1940) – reviewed by George

Hitchcock’s 26th film (and the second shot in Hollywood) is a real thriller, with a lot of sequences designed to leave you breatless (they succeed). And the Hitchcock sense of humor is back after “Rebecca”, which had its humorous moments, … Continue reading

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Rebecca (1940) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 25th film and first film made in Hollywood won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar, and also won for Best Cinematography, Black and White. And Hitchcock and three of his actors (Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson) were nominated. … Continue reading

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