Alfred Hitchcock: [after viewing the shower scene with Bernard Herrmann's score for the first time] It's getting there.
Alfred Hitchcock: I will never find a Hitchcock blonde as beautiful as you.
Alma Reville: Oh, Hitch. I've waited thirty years to hear you say that.
Alfred Hitchcock: And that my dear, is why they call me the Master of Suspense.
Alfred Hitchcock: My contract guarantees me final cut on all of my pictures.
Barney Balaban: It also states that Paramount doesn't have to release anything that might cause the studio embarrassment!
Alfred Hitchcock: As opposed to those last five Martin and Lewis pictures you're so proud of?
Geoffrey Shurlock: [In reference to the shower scene] The addition of a lyrical score will not change my opinion!
Alfred Hitchcock: [to Janet] Hope you don't mind, I told Mrs Bates she could use your dressing room.
Alma Reville: It was the knife that, a moment later, cut off her scream, and her head. Charming. Doris Day should do it as a musical!
Rita Riggs: Is this really going to be your next picture?
Alfred Hitchcock: Yes Madam! Oh by the way, try the finger sandwiches. They are real fingers.
Alma Reville: Are we going to have to sell the whole house, or just the pool?
Alma Reville: You shouldn't wait until half way through. Kill her after thirty minutes.
Janet Leigh: How are you going to shoot this shower scene? It's only that, well, from here up I'm not exactly boyish.
Alfred Hitchcock: I'm under extraordinary pressures on this picture and the least you can do is give me your full support.
Alma Reville: Full support! We've mortgaged our house! I'm your wife! I celebrate with you when the reviews are good. I cry for you when they are bad! I put up with all those people who look through me as if I were invisible because all they see is the great and glorious ALFRED HITCHCOCK!
Whitfield Cook: [about reactions to Psycho project] I've seen happier faces on a school bus going over a cliff.
Alfred Hitchcock: The only worse than a visit to the dentist is a visit to the censor.
Geoffrey Shurlock: Is there any improper suggestion of nudity in this, uh, murder in the shower scene?
Alfred Hitchcock: She won't be nude, she'll be wearing a shower cap.
Alfred Hitchcock: [wrestling to keep his snack bowl] Beware, all men are potential murders. And for good reason.
George Tomasini: [in film cutting room] Well, what do you think?
Peggy Robertson: I think I'll never have a shower again.
Peggy Robertson: MGM wants you to do the Ian Fleming book "Casino Royale" with Cary Grant. Definitely your style.
Alfred Hitchcock: Doesn't she know I just made that movie? It was called "North by Northwest". And "style", my dear, is mere self-plagiarism.
Henry Gein: It's lucky it didn't reach the house.
Ed Gein: Yeah.
Henry Gein: You know, there's gonna be a lot more jobs at that factory in Milwaukee come June. I could put in a word.
Ed Gein: You can't leave us, Henry. She needs us both.
Henry Gein: Can you stop being a mama's boy for one second? I'm not trying to hurt you, but Jesus, you gotta live your own life sometime. That woman can take care of her own god...
[Ed hits Henry with a shovel]
Alfred Hitchcock: Good evening. Well, brother has been killing brother since Cain and Abel, yet even I didn't see that coming. I was as blindsided as poor old Henry down there. And apparently, the authorities shared my naïveté. In other words, they believed the young man's story. That Henry fell, hit his head on a stone and died of smoke asphyxiation. On the other hand, if they hadn't believed him, Ed Gein would never have had the opportunity to commit those heinous crimes for which he became most famous. And we, of course, well
Alfred Hitchcock: we wouldn't have our little movie, would we?
Alma Reville: You know, Hitch always says that your private life is in danger of being more entertaining than any of your plots.
Whitfield Cook: Well, I'm surprised he let me have you for the whole afternoon. Especially looking so beautiful. So, tell me, what are you working on these days?
Alma Reville: Me? I'm satisfied working in my garden.
Whitfield Cook: Well, that's one lucky garden.
Alma Reville: You know, all this relentless sycophancy is actually giving me indigestion. What are you after?
Whitfield Cook: I was hoping that you may be able to apply your considerable pruning skills to this.
Alma Reville: Ah, all is finally revealed. Whit, you are a little predictable, you know?
Whitfield Cook: The most fun I ever had was working with you.
Alma Reville: I'm going to ask you this once, and I'll never mention it again.
Alma Reville: Why this one, Hitch?
Alma Reville: It's not just because so many people are saying *no*, is it?
Alfred Hitchcock: Do you remember the fun we had when we started out all those years ago?
Alfred Hitchcock: We didn't have any money then, did we? We didn't have any time, either. But we took risks, do you remember?
Alfred Hitchcock: We experimented. We invented new ways of making pictures because we had to.
Alfred Hitchcock: I just want to feel that kind of
Alfred Hitchcock: freedom again.
Alfred Hitchcock: Like we used to, you know?