Archive for Alfred Hitchcock

Rhymes and Misdemeanors

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by dcairns

Because sometimes you just want to get roaring drunk and bite Mike Henry on the jaw.

A bunch of limericks, here, here and here. All about that hollering ham, Tarzan the Ape Man. Did I already link to this DAUGHTER OF DRACULA one? Or this?

BUT — as if that weren’t enough, some Hitchcock-related limericks as part of the For the Love of Film: Film Preservation Blogathon.

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Hmm, I can’t really participate in a blogathon with just some links to another site. So here’s an exclusive —

Hitch serves as assistant for Cutts

Unswervingly busting his nuts

And thanks to his aid

When the film is displayed

The seats are all filled up with butts.


But THE WHITE SHADOW fades from the screen

Mislaid by the movie machine

Now this great blogathon

We’re all slogging upon

Will allow it once more to be seen.

Dial 3D for Murder

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on May 17, 2012 by dcairns

Finding a way to bend The Forgotten around to the subject of Alfred Hitchcock was an interesting challenge. He’s probably the least forgotten dead filmmaker ever. Still, I’ve written a little about what is, in a way, his rarest film. This is all for For the Love of Film. Donate here —

39 Step Salute

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by dcairns

I knocked off a quick video essay… well, I hesitate to call it an essay. A book report would be more like it.

Closeups of hands, mostly, from THE 39 STEPS, with some possibly familiar music. Hands are important in this film — see how many of them YOU can spot.

The point of the exercise is rhythmic rather than intellectual — about the only point made is that there are lots of shots of hands in the film — to some extent this is a result of two plot points, the handcuffs and the villain identified by his missing digit. But I think Hitch must have noticed this connection and capitalized on it, particularly with the end shot. You can treat this as a companion to my text piece in the forthcoming Criterion Blu-ray.

The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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We raise enough money, we get a streaming edition of THE WHITE SHADOW, scripted by Hitch, with a new score. And I certainly want to see it.