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  1. Actually, Young and Innocent (1937) also features a teenage protagonist (Nova Pilbeam) and is very much also a coming-of-age, going from innocent to experience story. It is not as dark as Shadow of a Doubt, and is quite delightful. I highly recommend it. It is very much in the vein of 39 Steps. A wrongfully-accused man on the run, and the daughter of the chief constable falling into helping him. It features a very famous crane shot cited in all the texts about Hitchcock, but is much more than that. You could also say Stage Fright (1950) has similar themes, too.
  2. I do think that is a reference to the war. Uncle Charlie's monologue at the dinner table about widows and swine sounds like Hitler. There are also background references to the war throughout, such as Gunner's Grill and war bond posters. The film can be read as a homefront story. The insidious Nietzschean fascism attacking small town innocence.
  3. Do you notice how often the number 13 comes up in a Hitchcock film? I wonder if it is because he was born on the 13th of August (not to mention the various superstitions involving 13). In this scene, we see that the boarding house Uncle Charlie is staying in is Number 13, just as is the case for the boarding house in The Lodger. Of course, Charlie is very much another incarnation of the Lodger.
  4. This is one of my all-time favourite Hitchcock films. As someone who was born in Scotland and grew up in Winnipeg, how could I not be attracted to a film that gives "the third city of Canada, capitol of Manitoba... 1424 miles from Montreal," a shout-out, and then spends about half its runtime in Bonny Scotland (conveniently located on a sound-stage in London). I object to the oft-used phrase of "innocent" man on the run. I question whether anyone is truly innocent in a Hitchcock film. I prefer to say "wrongfully-accused." Richard Hannay is the quintessential Hitchcock character who is
  5. Shouldn't there now be a breakdown of the Breakdown of a Gag episodes to raise the volume of parody and self-reference to an 11? By the way, Dr. Edwards, just as the horse and net bit in Anchorman is parodying Planet of the Apes, the trident is a parody of Spartacus when the gladiators first revolt and riot at the training school, I suppose. Like some others, I too have trouble with Anchorman and Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd's type of comedy, and I am not sure why. I think it is because it is too self-aware, too constantly pointing out that it is all "just a movie" and "isn't this silly?" Pa
  6. I was watching So Long at the Fair (1950) on TCM the other day and, around the 60 minute mark, I am pretty sure Christopher Lee showed up as an uncredited extra. He had a moustache and appeared to be returning his room key to the hotel desk as Dirk Bogarde stood there talking to the owner. He looked about the right age, and he was considerably taller than Dirk which seems to jibe with his 6' 5" frame. According to Wikipedia, he was still breaking into pictures at this time and did seem to be getting roles at Gainsborough, and Terence Fisher, the director of this film, was a fan, and was castin
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