Tag: Alfred Hitchcock

James Stewart and Grace Kelly in Rear Window

Rear Window

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 January     François Grimaldi takes Monaco, 1297 On this day in 1297, dressed as a monk, François Grimaldi (more properly Francesco, since he was Italian) was admitted to the castle at Monaco. Known

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Cary Grant pursued by a plane in North by Northwest

North by Northwest

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 October     Mount Rushmore completed, 1941 On this day in 1941, the sculpture of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln – was finished on a granite

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Ivor Novello in The Lodger

The Lodger

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 September     Jack the Ripper Kills Twice, 1888 On this day in 1888, the London serial killer known as Jack the Ripper killed two women, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Stride had had

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Madeleine Carroll handcuffed to Robert Donat in The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

    There are several filmed versions of John Buchan’s novel. The other two notables have Kenneth More and Robert Powell in the lead. But this one, in spite of its antiquity, is the best. It stars debonair, pencil-moustached Robert Donat as the innocent man forced into going on the

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Strangers on a Train

    Remakes are always being mooted – one far-fetched internet rumour had Ricky Gervais starring in one of them – but whatever eventually pops out, it’s unlikely to eclipse this warped 1951 original, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Patricia Highsmith, surely one of cinema’s most misanthropic couplings.

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