Shadow Of A Doubt – Alfred Hitchcock (1942)

With the Hitchcock season soon to come to an end, it seems fitting to look at one the director’s best and often underrated pictures.  His middle period from when he first left England for David O’Selznick’s studio produced a run of astonishing films, often overshadowed by his later American films such as Vertigo (1958) and Rear Window (1954).  These films, often in black and white, are dark, tense exercises … Continue reading Shadow Of A Doubt – Alfred Hitchcock (1942)

The Trouble With Harry – Alfred Hitchcock (1955)

Hitchcock’s obsession with the macabre and murder seem to take over the majority of his work and often produced spellbinding and suspenseful results.  In 1954 though, Hitchcock produced a film that put on a different viewing filter on his dark vision.  Though a death lies at the very heart of The Trouble With Harry, never before has Hitchcock been so jovial and comedic about the … Continue reading The Trouble With Harry – Alfred Hitchcock (1955)

The Lady Vanishes – Alfred Hitchcock (1938)

When watching the first half an hour of The Lady Vanishes, it may perhaps be surprising that nothing whatsoever to do with a lady vanishing graces the screen.  This however allows the film to throw many a surprise over the viewer in the typical Hitchcock manner. The film opens in the disgruntled happenings of a hotel, somewhere around Switzerland.  Instead of concentrating on the main … Continue reading The Lady Vanishes – Alfred Hitchcock (1938)

The 39 Steps – Alfred Hitchcock (1935)

The wrong man scenario is one that Alfred Hitchcock not only seemed to be obsessed with, but one that he made his own.  When choosing the best of his “wrong man”, there’s no doubt that his 1935 adaptation of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps would at least reside near that top.  The apparent master of suspense is firing here on all cylinders, creating ideas and … Continue reading The 39 Steps – Alfred Hitchcock (1935)