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Vacationing with Cary Grant on the Riviera

If you’re feeling Out Of Sorts because you’re unable to visit the Côte de’Azur (French Riviera) this winter, we know how you feel. Idea! If we (as in, yours truly) stumble upon a winning lottery ticket or buried treasure, we’ll spring for airfare to take us both to the French Riviera. We can visit all… Continue reading Vacationing with Cary Grant on the Riviera

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Creepy Lodger

Even though it’s a silent film, you can tell it’s directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s cheeky and tense, the way many of his films are, with unexpected twists. We’re talking about The Lodger: A Film of the London Fog (1927), based on the 1913 novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The story is about a strange… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock’s Creepy Lodger


Pick A Flick Podcast: “There’s Been a Hitch!”

We were thrilled to be part of Pick A Flick’s latest podcast, discussing two of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, Rear Window and Vertigo, with Mike from The Projection Booth. The episode is hosted by Chris Haigh. Click HERE to listen. Thanks to Chris and Mike for a fun time – and to Tony Black of Pick… Continue reading Pick A Flick Podcast: “There’s Been a Hitch!”

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Bruno Anthony’s Reliance on Public Transportation

One of our favourite on-screen performances is Robert Walker‘s turn as the psychopath Bruno Anthony in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Strangers on a Train (1951). Walker is electrifying as the spoiled, too-smart-for-his-own-good Anthony, a man with a slippery, non-stick charisma that easily deflects criticism. Even his rare flashes of anger are charmingly displaced by a mischievous smile and an amusing it’s-not-my-fault demeanour. There… Continue reading Bruno Anthony’s Reliance on Public Transportation


Ingrid Bergman: Questioning Your Way to Better Mental Health

In the 1945 thriller Spellbound, Ingrid Bergman asks a lot of questions. She asks so many questions, in fact, we’re willing to bet she holds some kind of cinematic record. Bergman plays a psychoanalyst who helps amnesia victim Gregory Peck uncover details of a murder he may or may not have committed. She is convinced Peck has knowledge… Continue reading Ingrid Bergman: Questioning Your Way to Better Mental Health

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Teresa Wright: Film Noir Superhero

Spoiler Alert! In Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, Teresa Wright does something no law enforcement agency is able to do. She handily dispenses with a dangerous villain and makes The World A Safer Place. (Get this: She does so while wearing classic leather pumps and tailored outfits.) Shadow of a Doubt (1943) is Hitchcock’s attempt to scare the pants off… Continue reading Teresa Wright: Film Noir Superhero


How to Tell if Your Prisoner is Too Smart for You

Dear Movie Villains: Becoming an Evil Villain is largely a matter of trial and error. As far we know, there is no correspondence course to guide you in becoming a dastardly mastermind. With that in mind, we hope you’ll take some well-meaning advice from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The 39 Steps (1935). If there’s one take-away from this movie, it’s… Continue reading How to Tell if Your Prisoner is Too Smart for You

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 3D Murder

We had an almost pure classic movie experience recently. Well, perhaps not us, exactly, but the woman sitting beside us in the theatre, at the screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder. It was, we might add, SHOWN IN 3D. Whee! (Note: If you haven’t seen Dial M for Murder, even in 2D, you really ought to ASAP. You… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock’s 3D Murder

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On Precise Correspondence when Spying

We believe modern Hollywood has been untruthful in its portrayal of the Spy Business. For example, modern spies never have trouble finding a parking spot. Furthermore, they never pay for parking. Not that we’re annoyed. The biggest Hollywood misconception, as far as we’re concerned, has to do with paperwork – correspondence paperwork in particular. Everyone in the developed… Continue reading On Precise Correspondence when Spying


Hitchcock’s Dark, Twisted London

*Spoiler alert! Who isn’t a sucker for a world that never existed? For instance, look at the London in the opening scenes of Sabotage (1936), a tense thriller from Alfred Hitchcock‘s pre-Hollywood period. This London so well-behaved that a bobby reprimands a green grocer for dropping a piece of lettuce because someone could step on it… Continue reading Hitchcock’s Dark, Twisted London