If you are a big fan of thriller and suspense movies then you should have known Alfred Hitchcock without doubt, he is considered to be “The Master of Suspense”. Like Wikipedia says, he framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing.
I’m personally a big fan of his movies like Psycho, Rope, and many more. I started to learn more about him, and interesting stumbled upon some astonishing facts about Hitchcock. I would like to share them in this post, some unknown interesting Alfred Hitchcock Facts.
Interesting Alfred Hitchcock Facts
1. He never won a Best Director Oscar Award.
No one would believe this actually. He was awarded the living G. Thalberg Memorial Award for lifetime achievement and his film Rebecca won the Oscar for Best Picture. But Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar award irrespective of his awesome directions. Sixteen films directed by Hitchcock received an Oscar nomination, but none won the Oscar Award. Strange isn’t it?
2. He had a life-long fear of the police.
He is afraid of police? Guess we need to go back, around the age of 5, Hitchcock was sent by his father to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him away for five minutes as punishment for behaving badly. That’s the reason why his fear of police attracted him and are found frequently in his films.
3. His daughter Patricia played few roles on his movies.
Hitchcock had only one child, his daughter Patricia, was born on 7 July 1928. But not many knew that she acted in some of his movies. He didn’t publicize this, even though her name was credited on screen. Patricia Hitchcock acted in movies like “Psycho” and “Strangers on a Train” (minor roles).
4. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth just a few months before his death.
When a reporter asked why it took them so long to give him this award, Hitchcock quipped, “I suppose it was a matter of carelessness”. Hitchcock received a knighthood in 1980 when he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1980 New Year Honours.
5. He was afraid of his own movies.
Alfred Hitchcock said in an interview in 1963, “I’m frightened of my own movies. I never go to see them. I don’t know how people can bear to watch my movies.”
But the interviewer termed his film fear as “illogical” and Hitchcock agreed but responded, “But what is logic? There’s nothing more stupid than logic.”
6. He loved to pull cruel practical jokes.
Hitchcock is not serious all the time. He spares some time to play some interesting jokes with cast and crew. He’ll mostly find out about somebody’s phobias, such as mice or spiders, and in turn sent them a box full of them.
7. He tried to buy every copy of the book based on ‘Psycho’ so no one would know how it ended.
LOL, more than awesome? Even I didn’t believe it at first, I read this on Guardian, “The director bought up all copies of the original novel, which he had optioned for a paltry $9,000, so that hardly anyone would know how the story ended. He also filmed on a closed set and forced cast and crew to sign an agreement promising not to mention the ending to anyone. There were no advance screenings.”
8. He delivered the shortest acceptance speech in Oscar history.
Hitchcock’s only Academy Awards acceptance speech was just few words long, maybe because of Oscar Injustice?
9. Walt Disney refused to allow him to film at Disneyland.
Walt Disney, the cartoon king, refused Alfred Hitchcock to shoot films at Disneyland in the early 1960s. The reason was because Hitchcock had made “that disgusting movie Psycho”.
10. He is afraid of Eggs, yes, phobia for phobia.
Alfred Hitchcock 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.”
11. He refused to accept a top British Award.
Considered to be one of the top honors, Alfred Hitchcock turned down “Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)” Award in 1962.
12. He delayed a movie because he don’t want to cast Jimmy Stewart.
Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock gave classics like Vertigo and Rear Window. But unfortunately Vertigo didn’t perform that well in box office, so Hitchcock decided to remove him from his next movie “North By Northwest”. But he didn’t have the heart to tell Stewart that he wouldn’t be casting him. Jimmy Stewart mentioned in his biography, that Hitchcock delayed the start of the movie until he could be cast in another film.
If you watch his movie “Rope”, it is a pure creation and it takes place in just a room. If you are looking for some awesome thrillers then don’t forget to add his movies to your watchlist.
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