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The Master of Suspense, Alfred
Hitchcock, began his movie career as an inter-titles designer for silent films
in Britain and had just begun directing when sound films were introduced in
the late 1920s. Though his early British films were successful, it was
the films Hitchcock made after coming to Hollywood in 1939 that made him one
of the most recognizable and commercially successful film directors of all
time. Oddly enough, though he was nominated for five Best Director Oscars,
never won the prize. However, he did received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial
Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1968.
In his eleventh film, BLACKMAIL (1929), the first talking
picture made in Britain, Hitchcock began making now-famous cameo appearances
in each of his films. In BLACKMAIL, he can be seen on the subway being
harassed by a little boy.
In THE 39 STEPS (1935),
one of Hitchcock's most successful films from his early British career,
featuring Robert Donat and Madeline Carroll, Hitchcock made his cameo
appearance as a litter bug outside a London music hall.
"A Train through Scotland" with Robert Donat and
Madeleine Carroll (a .AVI file).
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Pursuing greater opportunities than those available in
Britain, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939. His first film made under contract to
producer David O. Selznick
was an adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's REBECCA
(1940), starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine
and a host of talented British character actors including
Florence Bates, Nigel Bruce and C. Aubrey Smith. In addition to
popularity with critics and audiences, REBECCA
also won the Academy Award as Best Picture of 1940 -- Hitchcock's only film to take the
(clip) from REBECCA
(1940) by Franz Waxman
(a .MP3 file).
In 1941, Hitchcock acted as producer and director on
SUSPICION, another popular suspense thriller set in his native England
(though again filmed in Hollywood) and
starring Joan Fontaine
as a wife who fears her husband, Cary Grant,
only married her for her money and is now trying to kill her. Although
SUSPICION marked Hitchcock's last film with
Fontaine, it proved to be the first of four successful teamings with Cary Grant
whose cool and charming demeanor made him one of Hitchcock's favorite
(clip) by Franz Waxman
(a .MP3 file).
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