Alfred Hitchcock’s life had been as interesting and intriguing as his films. So you think you know the master of suspense well? Here’s a compilation some awesome facts you should know about Alfred Hitchcock.
- He appeared in some of his movies.
That’s right, he did, and he was the first director to do it. Sir Alfred Hitchcock made cameo appearances in 37 out of his 57 major films. Hitchcock made the appearances short and even unnoticeable to make sure the viewers won’t have to spend much time looking for him in the film.
- Sir Alfred Hitchcock delivered a five-word-long Academy Awards speech.
He was included in people with the shortest acceptance speech in the history of the Academy Awards. He delivered the memorable lines when he was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The famous words were “Thank you… very much indeed.”
- The Master of Suspense has phobias.
“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,” said Hitchcock as published on the Telegraph.
Hitchcock has also come to dislike the police and prison cells. When he was a kid, the director’s dad asked him to go to the local police station and give a note to the cop. The cop then locked him in the cell for 10 minutes after reading the note. It’s his dad’s way of teaching him that doing bad things will get him to jail.
- Walt Disney refused to let Hitchcock shoot a film in Disneyland.
Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman worked on a script for a movie entitled “The Blind Man,” but the project did not push through because Walt Disney refused to let them shoot the film in Disneyland. The reason? Disney saw the movie “Psycho,” and he hated it.
- Hitchcock avoided meeting Steven Spielberg.
According to the actor, Bruce Dern, he tried to convince Hitchcock to meet Steven Spielberg because he is Spielberg’s idol.
“I can’t sit down and talk to the boy who did the fish movie… I couldn’t even touch his hand,” Hitchcock said.
- Hitchcock’s abominable pranks.
The master of suspense loved to pull practical jokes. Here is the list of some unforgettable pranks he pulled according to his staff and friends:
- He laced brandy with laxative and giving it to a member of his crew.
- He gave the then six-year-old Melanie Griffith a doll (who looked like her mother) lying in a coffin.
- He handcuffed Madeline Carroll and Robert Donat during the making of “The 39 Steps.” He then pretended to lose the key so the two had to endure being stuck to each other for hours.
- He sent 400 smoked herrings to an actor.
- He sent a suit made for a child to Peter Lorre.
- Hitchcock’s wife and daughter were also in the movie industry.
Alfred Hitchcock married the assistant director and screenwriter Alma Reville in 1926. The two had a daughter named Patricia. Alma Reville was the screenwriter of the movie “Shadow of a Doubt,” and their daughter appeared in Hitchcock movies like “Strangers on a Train,” “Psycho” and “Stage Fright.”
- Hitchcock is afraid of his films.
In an interview in 1963, the master of suspense revealed that he’s frightened of his own movies, and he can bear to watch them.
- Hitchcock tried to buy the book “Psycho” written by Robert Blochso no one will know how the film ended.
In 1959, by Robert Bloch wrote “Psycho,” which Hitchcock later made into a film of the same title. He loved the movie’s twists and endings so much that he asked his production assistant, Peggy Robertson, to buy all copies she can find so the audiences won’t read how the movie ended.
- Alfred Hitchcock and the French customs official.
At a French border, Hitchcock and his companions were stopped by a customs official who asked him to fill out a form. When Hitchcock wrote “producer” as his profession, the customs official suspiciously asked what he produced. “Gooseflesh,” the filmmaker coolly replied.
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