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I was so delighted by Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock” when I saw it at AFI Fest that I promptly began reading the book upon which it’s based, Stephen Rebello’s “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho.’” The book is erudite and exhaustive -- I would estimate that about 20% of the fascinating film-production details contained therein make the film’s cut (ahem). Below, five things about the making of “Psycho” that you won’t find in “Hitchcock.” “Hitchcock” hits theaters November 23. Check out our Toh! review of the film here. 1. Bloched from the cash: “Psycho” author Robert Bloch, who based his horror novel on the Ed Gein murders unearthed in Plainfield, Wisconsin in 1957, sold the book for screen rights to the Music Corporation of America agency (McA) for $9,000 in 1959. After percentages were taken off that lump sum for publisher Simon & Schuster, »

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