Happy Birthday - Mr. Hitchcock!

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE
(13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) the British film director and producer who made over fifty films and pioneered the use of the camera as an aid to the voyeur in all of us.
Here is my personal Baker's Dozen of his art work.
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Rear Window (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. (112 mins.)
“ The greatest ensemble cast ever, Hitchcock even included the same set in all the shots.

"When I married Miles, we were both a couple of maladjusted misfits. We are still maladjusted misfits, and we have loved every minute of it." ” - brickley220
The 39 Steps (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information. (86 mins.)
“ Based on John Buchan's spy novel this is the premier 'Chase Story' ever put on celluloid.

"There are 20 million women in this island and I get to be chained to you." ” - brickley220
Lifeboat (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it. (97 mins.)
“ The second greatest ensemble cast film ever made and that is only because the set had got rising damp.

"As of now I'm skipper, and anybody who don't like it can get out and swim to Bermuda." ” - brickley220
Marnie (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (130 mins.)
“ Marvellous photography, brilliant plot and the acting is very good as well. The two stars prove that they are not one trick ponies and create magic on the screen.

"I've caught something really wild this time, haven't I? I've tracked you and caught you and by God I'm going to keep you." ” - brickley220
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ A masterclass in mystery from the master of movie magic. Yes, I realise that JS is too old for Kim but who cares???

"God, have mercy." ” - brickley220
Saboteur (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend. (109 mins.)
“ OK so it is '39 Steps' in American mode, made with more panache and polish and more twists and turns than the average roller ride.

"Don't you know I can see a great deal further than you can? I can see intangible things. For example, innocence." ” - brickley220
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
“ It is as dark and foreboding as Mrs Danvers on a dusting day, with a cast to die for and some of them do. It is one of the most suspenseful and atmospheric movies ever made.

"You tried to take her place. You let him marry you. I've seen his face - his eyes. They're the same as those first weeks after she died. I used to listen to him, walking up and down, up and down, all night long, night after night, thinking of her, suffering torture because he lost her! " ” - brickley220
Sabotage (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective's cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel. (76 mins.)
“ How Mr Hitchcock strung out the suspense in this simple story of sneeky and secretive scoundrels who seek to savage society. Desmond Tester has the time of his life on the bus and the whole trip goes with a Bang!

"Don't dawdle and make sure you deliver that on time." ” - brickley220
The Girl Was Young (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause. (80 mins.)
“ Another film where the police are chasing the wrong man and he ends up at the mercy of a pretty young lady. The film may look dated today but those shots were cutting edge in 1937. How did he do it?

"Father, don't you think we ought to ask Mr. Tisdall to dinner?" ” - brickley220
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ Trains, Biplanes and Monuments, what next when this serial divorcee who lives with his mother is mistaken for a mysterious agent and manages to upset James Mason. Did I mention the music?

"Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed." ” - brickley220
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body... (99 mins.)
“ If you go down to woods today, you're in for a big surprise!

"He looked exactly the same when he was alive, only he was vertical." ” - brickley220
Dial M for Murder (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
“ A plot so good that several have made copies of it. Just how do you come up with the perfect murder? I know, ask a policeman.

"They talk about flat-footed policemen. May the saints protect us from the gifted amateur." ” - brickley220
Strangers on a Train (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder - a theory that he plans to implement. (101 mins.)
“ I wonder what made Mr. Hitchcock so suspicious about Tennis players? Nonetheless be careful what you wish for or a stranger may offer to grant it and then watch out.

"Don't worry, I'm not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother." ” - brickley220