Entries Below Are About The Topic Of Alfred Hitchcock

Masteries of Mystery: The Birds

Thereby hangs a tale… Who would gaze upon a group of birds in fight, or perched upon a wire, and see something sinister?  Daphne du Maurier, that’s who. I’m on a Daphne kick at the moment, rereading her contributions to … Continue reading

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Masteries of Mystery: The Paradine Case

Thereby hangs a tale… Delusion.  Delude.  Illusion.  Elude.  Strong verbs all, and all are essential to the plot of Hitchcock’s, The Paradine Case. The 1946 black and white suspense film, based upon the novel of the same title, concerns an English … Continue reading

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Masteries of Mystery: Stage Fright

Thereby hangs a tale… As played by actress Jane Wyman, Eve Gill has all the pluck and derring-do of Nancy Drew.  Nothing is impossible for her, no clue, scenario, no stone unturned; she’s a born sleuth.  That she aspires to be … Continue reading

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Masteries of Mystery: Strangers on a Train

Thereby hangs a tale… “You do my murder, and I do yours.” Proposition.  Concept.  Plot.  Movie.  All summed up in one lyric line of dialogue.  That it’s delivered by a madman is our bonus.  That it’s the start of the … Continue reading

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Masteries of Mystery: Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder

Thereby hangs a tale… A man wants to murder his wife. That’s the plot of Dial M for Murder.  Simple.  Straightforward.  True as a bowshot. The question is why? Tony Wendice possesses a fatal flaw:  he believes he is superior … Continue reading

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