Monday, March 12, 2012

National Alfred Hitchcock Day

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”
- Alfred Hitchcock -

Who hasn’t heard of Alfred Hitchcock? He is the master of suspense, the film director of famous work including The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo, Dial ‘M’ for Murder, The 39 Steps and Rear Window, just to name a few. He was also the host and producer of the television series ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ that ran from 1955 to 1965 and featured dramas, thrillers and mysteries.

Interestingly enough, though, Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar for best director.

He is a nice tribute to him I found on YouTube.



Here’s an interesting bit of trivia for you:

Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock had a morbid fear of eggs? He’s quoted as saying:

“I'm frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I've never tasted it.”

Imagine that. The master of suspense was afraid – and repulsed – by tiny little eggs. Now there’s a fascinating piece of trivia to file away in the “interesting but absolutely useless information” file in your brain.

12 comments:

  1. He understood suspense. Today, film makers only seem to understand gore and graphic violence. We need more Alfred Hitchcocks!

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    1. I agree; the suspense movies today are nothing compared to the old ones. We sure do need more Hitchcocks.

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  2. He was a genius. Wow, how seriously fascinating - off all the things to be frightened of... eggs!!

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  3. Makes me wonder what Stephen King is afraid of.

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    1. Oh...now I'm curious, too. I'll have to look that up.

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  4. The only thing bad about him (and it's not really his fault but it's true!) is that he made so many Americans afraid of birds because of his movie, The Birds! Did you know that is was based on a short story set in England and was written by Daphne Du Maurier? That is such a well made movie that it really affected people's attitude to birds!

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    1. Yeah, that's too bad. Poor birds... But aside from that, he was a master in this type of film.

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  5. I love the quote that started the post! I agree wholeheartedly. One of the scariest stories I ever read was in a collection of stores published as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." I wish I could find it and read it again. I'll have to go hunting for it at the library.

    And I feel familiar with his movies but the only one I've actually seen was Psycho!

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    1. That quote is cool! I have some of his collections; about four or so. I haven't read that in years, but I remember how enjoyable they are.

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  6. One of a kind for sure! I remember watching his TV series....totally enjoyed it! Here's to the master!

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    1. I used to watch the series, too. It was very interesting!

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