Alfred Hitchcock

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Quotes (45)

  • Alfred Hitchcock: Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: (In a 1969 interview with Roger Ebert) Once the screenplay is finished, I'd just as soon not make the film at all...I have a strongly visual mind. I visualize a picture right down to the final cuts. I write all this out in the greatest detail in the script, and then I don't look at the script while I'm shooting. I know it off by heart, just as an orchestra conductor needs not look at the score...When you finish the script, the film is perfect. But in shooting it you lose perhaps 40 per cent of your original conception.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.

  • Alfred Hitchcock: Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.

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Trivia (53)

  • Alfred Hitchcock appeared on the cover of Life Magazine February 1, 1963.

  • After graduating from the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, Alfred Hitchcock became a draftsman and advertising designer with a cable company.

  • Between 1956 and 1964, Alfred Hitchcock appeared on the cover of TV Guide five times.

  • Alfred Hitchcock has been parodied by Family Guy on several occasions. One of the plots of 'North By North Quahog' is inspired by North By Northwest and pastiches the end of the movie on Mount Rushmore and the crop-duster sequence. In 'The Perfect Castaway', the Hitchcock shadow can be briefly seen, accompanied by 'Funeral March For A Marionette'.

  • Alfred Hitchcock worked with certain actors on several occasions; he directed Cary Grant and James Stewart four times each, Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman three times each and Leo G. Carroll six times.

  • Of the 270 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Hitchcock directed 17 of them.

  • When Alfred Hitchcock accepted the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, he delivered the shortest acceptance speech in Oscar history: he simply said "Thank you."

  • Alfred Hitchcock has been pastiched several times in The Simpsons. For instance, the 1992 Halloween episode 'Treehouse Of Horror III' uses the opening sequence of Alfred Hitchcock Presents but substitutes Homer for Hitchcock. In the 1992 episode 'A Streetcar Named Marge' there is a recreation of Hitchcock's cameo from The Birds.

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