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Featured Writer
Alfred Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock was the son of East End greengrocer, William Hitchcock, and his wife Emma. Raised as a strict Catholic and attending Saint Ignatius College, a school run by Jesuits, Hitch had very much of a regular upbringing. His first job outside of the family business was in 1915, as an estimator for the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company. His interest in movies began at around this time, frequently visiting the cinema and reading US trade journals.

In 1920, Hitch learned that Lasky Production Company was to open a studio in London and managed to secure a job as a title designer. He designed the titles for all the movies made at the studio for the next two years. In 1923, he got his first chance at directing when the director of "Always Tell Your Wife" (1923), fell ill and Hitch completed the movie. Impressed by his work, studio chiefs gave him his first directing assignment on "Number 13" (1922), however, before it could be finished the studio closed its British operation. Hitch was then hired by Michael Balcon to work as an assistant director for the company later to be known as Gainsborough Pictures. In reality Hitch did more than this - working as a writer, title designer and art director. After several films for the company, Hitch was given the chance to direct a British/German co-production called, "The Pleasure Garden" (1925). Hitchcock's career as a director finally began. Hitchcock went on to become the most widely known and influential director in the history of world cinema with a significant body of work produced over 50 years.

Family Plot (1976)
Frenzy (1972)
Topaz (1969)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Marnie (1964)
The Birds (1963)
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"
I Saw the Whole Thing (1962) TV Episode
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (17 episodes)
Bang! You're Dead (1961) TV Episode
The Horse Player (1961) TV Episode
Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat (1960) TV Episode
The Crystal Trench (1959) TV Episode
Arthur (1959) TV Episode (12 more)
Psycho (1960)
"Startime"
Incident at a Corner (1960) TV Episode
North by Northwest (1959)
Vertigo (1958)
"Suspicion"
Four O'Clock (1957) TV Episode
The Wrong Man (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Rear Window (1954)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
I Confess (1953)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Stage Fright (1950)
Under Capricorn (1949)
Rope (1948)
The Paradine Case (1947)
Notorious (1946)
Spellbound (1945)
Watchtower Over Tomorrow (1945) (uncredited)
Lifeboat (1944)
Bon Voyage (1944)
Aventure malgache (1944)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Saboteur (1942)
Suspicion (1941)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Rebecca (1940)
Jamaica Inn (1939)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Young and Innocent (1937)
Sabotage (1936)
Secret Agent (1936)
The 39 Steps (1935)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Waltzes from Vienna (1934)
Number Seventeen (1932)
Rich and Strange (1931)
Mary (1931)
The Skin Game (1931)
Murder! (1930)
Juno and the Paycock (1930)
Elstree Calling (1930) (some sketches)
An Elastic Affair (1930)
The Manxman (1929)
Blackmail (1929)
Sound Test for Blackmail (1929)
The Farmer's Wife (1928)
Easy Virtue (1928)
Champagne (1928)
Downhill (1927)
The Ring (1927/I)
The Lodger (1927)
The Mountain Eagle (1926)
The Pleasure Garden (1925)
Always Tell Your Wife (1923) (uncredited)
Number 13 (1922) (unfinished)



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