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Alfred Hitchcock Photos: On the Set

We’re celebrating Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday with a gallery of photos of the great filmmaker.

Director Alfred Hitchcock — “Hitch” — was born 13 August 1899. He died in 1980, a few months before he turned 81. He directed more than 50 films.

Considered by many critics to be one of the greatest filmmakers in history, he never won an Oscar for directing. He was given a special Oscar in 1968, a make-up call by the refs.

Even though highbrows will tell you that Vertigo is Hitchcock’s best film, most viewers see that movie and think either “what th-?” or “Hunh???” If I had to recommend five Hitchcock movies to Average Jane moviegoer, I would make a list, like so:

1. Strangers on a Train (1951)

2. North by Northwest (1959)

3. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

4. Frenzy (1972)

5. Notorious (1946)

6. Rear Window (1954)

7. Yes, I know that’s six, so what.

8. Stop saying, “Not Psycho? What about Psycho?”

Hitch with costume designer Edith Head On the set of 'Psycho' with Janet Leigh Alfred Hitchcock on the set of 'Notorious' With his daughter Patricia on the set of 'Saboteur' With Paul Newman on the set of 'Torn Curtain' With Tippi Hedren on 'Marnie,

(All photos come from the book The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures, 1976 by Donald Spoto.)

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