Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Today would have been the 108th birthday of the master of suspense. Mr. Alfred Hitchcock. Well, everybody knows about his most famous pictures that he made like "Psycho" but here are a few fun facts:
Number #1 --Hitchcock had an intense dislike of egg yolk. He once said:
"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."

Biographer Patrick McGilligan confirmed Alfred Hitchcock's avoidance of eggs
while noting that the director had actually tried them as a young man, then discovered he didn't like them. He was especially annoyed by poached eggs His daughter Patricia, however, stated that "He loved souffl├ęs."Hitchcock references his distaste for eggs in the film "Sabotage," in which a character expresses a similar opinion.Hitchcock also had a serious fear of the police, which was the reason he said he never learned to drive. His reasoning was that if one never drove, then one would never have an opportunity to be pulled over by the police and issued a ticket. However, Patrick McGilligan wrote that "though Hitchcock pooh-poohed driving, insisting to interviewers that he didn't even know how, he often chauffeured his daughter to school at Marymount [a private academy for girls, and for a long time drove her to Sunday Mass." His fear of the police can be attributed to a circumstance encountered by Hitchcock in his youth, which he told a number of interviewers and mentioned in the PBS documentary The Men Who Made the Movies. In an attempt to punish Hitchcock for an instance of misbehavior, Alfred's father detailed in writing that the young Hitchcock had engaged in some form of childish mischief. Hitchcock's father then handed the description to Alfred, sending him to the local police station to demonstrate his wrongdoing. In response to the written notice, the on-duty police officer immediately brought Hitchcock to an empty cell and locked him there for a full 10 minutes, citing the justification for this action as a means to reprimand the young boy. Undoubtedly, history has recorded this incident as scarring. This perhaps influenced his signature theme in his movies where an innocent person would become entangled in the web of another guilty person's behaviour. This can be noted in many of his films, and a possible reason would be due to his hatred for authority and his siding with the innocent. He also manages to convey this message to his audience in order to allow them to take his (the innocent) side.

Here are some great Alfred Hitchcock quotes:
"Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination, the more the excitement."

"Drama is life with all the boring bits cut out."
Here are some trivia facts:
Mel Brooks's
High Anxiety is one of the most famous parodies of Hitchcock's work. A 2000 episode of That '70s Show
portrays the characters watching Hitchcock's movies on Halloween, and then a series of events in their lives resemble scenes from his movies.
The Simpsons episode "A Streetcar Named Marge", Homer, Bart and Lisa walk into a nursery home where the babies quietly suck their pacifiers, and as the walk out, a caricature of Hitchcock walks by with dogs on leashes (this sequence references The Birds).In Joe Dantes movie Matinee, a gas station attendant recognizes John Goodman's B-movie producer character as "... the guy who makes them scary movies." After receiving an autograph, he says "Thanks, Mr. Hitchcock." Good news also on the home front -- The libretto for "Broadway Angels is now finished and ready to be printed!

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