Champagne

Champagne UK (1928) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock People who grew up with wealth are the worst. There, I said it. Now, I realise that might be deemed and egregious generalisation, but there are far too many examples of people whose sense of entitlement has come from not having to struggle or often actually work to afford … Continue reading Champagne

Lifeboat

Lifeboat US (1944) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock In the early days of British television, it was said the cheapest and easiest play to make a drama from was a limited cast of people in a singular location, like being stuck in a lift. Trust Alfred Hitchcock to subvert this simple idea by making that singular setting … Continue reading Lifeboat

Blackmail

Blackmail UK (1929) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock The Master of Suspense may have written many rules of the thriller playbook in his seminal films but here he makes history by making the first British full-length all talking film (although a large chunk of it is still silent)! But being a nice guy, Hitch secretly filmed it … Continue reading Blackmail

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog

The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog UK (1927) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Quite a few famous and lesser-known Hitchcock films from his classic period (aka the Hollywood years) have been reviewed on this site so it makes for a refreshing change to go back to the beginning of the Master of Suspense’s career, with … Continue reading The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith US (1941) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock No, not the film that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt wish they could erase from both their CVs and their memories but a screwball comedy directed by none other than the Master of Suspense himself! The titular couple are David (Robert Montgomery) and Ann Smith (Carole … Continue reading Mr. & Mrs. Smith

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes UK (1938) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock The “Master Of Suspense” became a globally revered name once he moved to Hollywood in 1939 but before he left Old Blighty, Hitchcock’s parting gift to his homeland was this celebrated comedy-thriller, based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. In the small … Continue reading The Lady Vanishes

Notorious

Notorious US (1946) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Hitch must have started getting soppy in his old age (well, 46) as his delivers a film that is actually a love triangle despite what the secret agent premise might suggest. But don’t mistake this sentimentality for weakness - there is still a tense story of intrigue and duplicity … Continue reading Notorious

The Trouble With Harry

The Trouble With Harry US (1955) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Hitchcock does comedy! The “Master of Suspense” tries his hand at making us laugh. Can you believe it? Unfortunately the US film goers back in 1955 didn’t believe it either and in the middle of his hot period of unequivocal classics, Hitch had a rare flop … Continue reading The Trouble With Harry

Shadow Of A Doubt

Shadow Of A Doubt US (1943) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Quite a popular film this one, not just among Hitchcock fans but members of the cast and the man himself have declared this as their favourite film of his! Hitch was just three years into his Hollywood run which had earned him and his films many … Continue reading Shadow Of A Doubt

Marnie

Marnie US (1964) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock Reuniting with Tippi Hedren after The Birds and recruiting Sean Connery fresh off the success of the first James Bond film Dr. No we find Hitchcock switching gears after his run of horror based film to present us with the this psychological drama, based on the 1961 novel of … Continue reading Marnie