August 13th - Happy Birthday Alfred Hitchcock!

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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899, in Leytonstone, London, England. One of the best-known and most popular filmmakers of all time, he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Here at the AADL our DVD department is stocked with lots of classic Hitchcock films and television shows for your viewing pleasure. Watching Psycho, probably his best known film, will always make your next experience in the shower one to remember. My personal favorite has always been The Birds (love that schoolyard scene!), but we also have lots of other faves like Dial M for Murder, North by Northwest, Rear Window, Rebecca, which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1940, Spellbound and Vertigo. Fans of Hitchcock's old television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents will find season one and two on our library shelves and, for anyone not familiar with Alfred Hitchcock, check out the Dick Cavett Show where he was featured as a guest way back in 1972. Hitchcock died from renal failure in April 1980, just four months after he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Honours.


For my money, Joseph Cotton's performance as the unassuming, yet sinister Uncle Charlie in Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt is one of his finest, making the film an often overlooked masterpiece from the director's 1930s work.

I'm with you, Macallan. Joseph Cotton playing against type was a great move. I like Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train, too, and I've seen Rear Window about ten times. I think what makes Raymond Burr's performance so creepy is the fact that nearly everything we see of him is through extreme long shots...until the end, that is.