Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Season One (1955-56)

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Season One (1955-56)

It seems odd for someone like me who loves classic TV anthology shows (The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, etc.) to have seen so few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962) or The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962-65), but such is the case. Stranger still that I’ve been a Hitchcock fan since I saw my first Hitchcock feature film (Spellbound) when I was a kid. But there’s a reason I resisted this show until now.

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TCM Big Screen Classics: North by Northwest (1959) Alfred Hitchcock

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Produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Ernest Lehman
Cinematography by Robert Burks
Music by Bernard Herrmann
TCM/Fathom Events, Bowie Regal Cinemas, Bowie, MD (2:16)

The first time I saw North by Northwest was in my college dorm room on a 12-inch screen. I’ve probably seen it at least ten or twelve times since then, but yesterday I saw it in a theater on a big screen (thanks to TCM and Fathom Events) as it was meant to be seen, and boy, did it make a difference. I noticed things I’d never noticed before and was completely caught off-guard by aspects of the film that become apparent only by seeing it in its original format.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco

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When I knew I was going to visit San Francisco, one of the first things I did was map out all the locations where Alfred Hitchcock shot Vertigo (1958). Those places are scattered throughout (and beyond) the city, so while I knew I’d never be able to see them all, I at least wanted to hit one or two of them. My wife surprised me by sending me the link to a site she found that advertised a walking tour called Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco.

At each stop, I’ll try to show the relevant shot from the film (whenever possible), followed by how the same location looks now.

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