Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while remaining a British subject. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside “icy blonde” female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or MacGuffins meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often ...

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Dial M for Murder (1954)

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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Grace Kelly  •  Robert Cummings  •  John Williams

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to have his wife murdered after discovering she is having an affair, and assumes she will soon leave him for the other man anyway. When things go wrong, he improvises a new plan—to frame her for murder instead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Grace Kelly  •  Robert Cummings  •  John Williams

Psycho (1960)

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When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

North by Northwest (1959)

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Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  James Mason  •  Jessie Royce Landis

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  James Mason  •  Jessie Royce Landis

To Catch a Thief (1955)

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An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Grace Kelly  •  Jessie Royce Landis  •  John Williams

An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Grace Kelly  •  Jessie Royce Landis  •  John Williams

Rear Window (1954)

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A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Grace Kelly  •  James Stewart  •  Wendell Corey  •  Thelma Ritter

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Grace Kelly  •  James Stewart  •  Wendell Corey  •  Thelma Ritter

Madagascar Landing (1944)

A former leader of the French Resistance finds that one of his fellow actors looks like a detestable official he knew in Madagascar during the war. He tells about his time, operating an illegal radio station while evading the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Paul Bonifas  •  Paul Clarus  •  Jean Dattas  •  Andre Frere

A former leader of the French Resistance finds that one of his fellow actors looks like a detestable official he knew in Madagascar during the war. He tells about his time, operating an illegal radio station while evading the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Paul Bonifas  •  Paul Clarus  •  Jean Dattas  •  Andre Frere

Blackmail (1929)

London, 1929. Frank Webber, a very busy Scotland Yard detective, seems to be more interested in his work than in Alice White, his girlfriend. Feeling herself ignored, Alice agrees to go out with an elegant and well-mannered artist who invites her to visit his fancy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anny Ondra  •  Sara Allgood  •  Charles Paton  •  John Longden

London, 1929. Frank Webber, a very busy Scotland Yard detective, seems to be more interested in his work than in Alice White, his girlfriend. Feeling herself ignored, Alice agrees to go out with an elegant and well-mannered artist who invites her to visit his fancy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anny Ondra  •  Sara Allgood  •  Charles Paton  •  John Longden

Bon Voyage (1944)

A young, Scottish RAF gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from Nazi-occupied territory. They are particularly interested in one person who may or may not have been a German agent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  John Blythe  •  Janique Joelle

A young, Scottish RAF gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from Nazi-occupied territory. They are particularly interested in one person who may or may not have been a German agent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  John Blythe  •  Janique Joelle

Family Plot (1976)

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Bruce Dern  •  Karen Black  •  William Devane

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Bruce Dern  •  Karen Black  •  William Devane

Frenzy (1972)

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After a serial killer strangles several women with a necktie, London police identify a suspect—but he's the wrong man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Jon Finch  •  Alec McCowen  •  Barry Foster  •  Billie Whitelaw

After a serial killer strangles several women with a necktie, London police identify a suspect—but he's the wrong man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Jon Finch  •  Alec McCowen  •  Barry Foster  •  Billie Whitelaw

I Confess (1953)

Unable, due to the seal of the confessional, to be forthcoming with information that would serve to clear himself during a murder investigation, a priest becomes the prime suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Montgomery Clift  •  Anne Baxter  •  Karl Malden  •  Brian Aherne

Unable, due to the seal of the confessional, to be forthcoming with information that would serve to clear himself during a murder investigation, a priest becomes the prime suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Montgomery Clift  •  Anne Baxter  •  Karl Malden  •  Brian Aherne

Jamaica Inn (1939)

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Horace Hodges  •  Hay Petrie  •  Frederick Piper

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she's living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Horace Hodges  •  Hay Petrie  •  Frederick Piper

Lifeboat (1944)

During World War II, a small group of survivors is stranded in a lifeboat together after the ship they were traveling on is destroyed by a German U-boat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Tallulah Bankhead  •  William Bendix  •  Walter Slezak  •  Mary Anderson

During World War II, a small group of survivors is stranded in a lifeboat together after the ship they were traveling on is destroyed by a German U-boat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Tallulah Bankhead  •  William Bendix  •  Walter Slezak  •  Mary Anderson

Marnie (1964)

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Marnie is a thief, a liar, and a cheat. When her new boss, Mark Rutland, catches on to her routine kleptomania, she finds herself being blackmailed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Tippi Hedren  •  Sean Connery  •  Diane Baker  •  Martin Gabel

Marnie is a thief, a liar, and a cheat. When her new boss, Mark Rutland, catches on to her routine kleptomania, she finds herself being blackmailed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Tippi Hedren  •  Sean Connery  •  Diane Baker  •  Martin Gabel

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)

Happily married for three years, Ann and David Smith live in New York. One morning Ann asks David if he had to do it over again, would he marry her? To her shock, he answers, "No". Later that day, they separately discover that, due to a legal complication, they are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Carole Lombard  •  Robert Montgomery  •  Gene Raymond  •  Jack Carson

Happily married for three years, Ann and David Smith live in New York. One morning Ann asks David if he had to do it over again, would he marry her? To her shock, he answers, "No". Later that day, they separately discover that, due to a legal complication, they are ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Carole Lombard  •  Robert Montgomery  •  Gene Raymond  •  Jack Carson

Notorious (1946)

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In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Claude Rains  •  Louis Calhern

In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin recruits Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Claude Rains  •  Louis Calhern

Number 13

This unfinished, never-released 1922 Alfred Hitchcock-directed film was about low-income residents of a tenement building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Clare Greet  •  Ernest Thesiger

This unfinished, never-released 1922 Alfred Hitchcock-directed film was about low-income residents of a tenement building.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Clare Greet  •  Ernest Thesiger

Rebecca (1940)

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Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Joan Fontaine  •  George Sanders  •  Judith Anderson

Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Joan Fontaine  •  George Sanders  •  Judith Anderson

Rich and Strange (1931)

An unexpected inheritance proves less than a boon to a young married couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Henry Kendall  •  Joan Barry  •  Percy Marmont  •  Betty Amann

An unexpected inheritance proves less than a boon to a young married couple.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Henry Kendall  •  Joan Barry  •  Percy Marmont  •  Betty Amann

Rope (1948)

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  John Dall  •  Farley Granger  •  Constance Collier

Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  James Stewart  •  John Dall  •  Farley Granger  •  Constance Collier
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