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  1. I"ve seen on the credits a few times Pat Hitchcock as appearing. Strangers on a Train was one. What part did she play? I assume this was Hitch's daughter. And we don't hear a lot about the "family life" at home with Alma during especially his Universal Years. They only had the 1 daughter; so what was Alma doing? Thanks for a great Hitchcock Education.
  2. I was just rewatching the video lecture for today 7-28 where Hutch is being honored for Lifetime Achievement Award. Everyone is standing up and applauding. He just sits there expressionless for 15 sec or so. Then he reaches out and pulls the award a little closer to himself and begins to stand up. Then he raises his right hand up high open palm facing away from himself. It was like he was "high-fiving" himself. Like finally, you guys recognize my style and abilities. Oh and the lecture notes are available for Friday. Looking forward to quiz 5.
  3. I didn't like Torn curtain at all. Newman and Andrews were so NOT Hitchcock actors. And I kept looking at Andrews and thinking about her big salary that Hitch had not been happy about. Couldn't find out how much it was. But with a 3 million dollar budget it could have affected what he wanted to do. Anyway the only suspense part I liked was when the he baskets they were supposed to be hiding in get shot at. Paul is a wonderful actor but he's too honest and all-American boy type to be in a Hitchcock movie.
  4. While watching Daily Dose #10 I am struck by his "devil may care" attitude when he leaves his boarding room after talking to the lady who runs the boarding house. He gather up only what he feels is most important after finishing his drink (to give him gumption) his money. No clothes, or other property. Then he leaves the door open. As if to say I don't give a "damn". The lady seemed very concerned with his welfare. He didn't care about her either other than what he could get out of her. He then thinks because these guys have never met him they won't know it's who they are looking for. Maybe they have a picture someone had. I don't really know why he's so sure. But the guys, not wanted to spook him, ignore him when he passes by even moving a little out of the way to let him pass. But as soon as "Cotton" walks off they begin to trail him. I like how the music mimics the footsteps of the guy on the left. I wasn't watching the other guy so I don't know if his footsteps were in sync or not. The music was very sinister. I really like this movie. The niece Charlie is everything the uncle isn't. And poor mom (sister) is so out of touch, living in the past. The father is pretty clueless too.
  5. The frenzy of the dancers made everyone forget their more responsible selves. Even the lights in the cityscape were blinking on and off, adding to the unsettled feeling of this group. Anything goes. Everyone seems to be egging the dancers on to more craziness. The promoter tries to get the fighter to think of his upcoming fight but all he can see is his wife sitting on his competitors lap being a little too cozy. (How did that start anyway)? But then he's told he can leave his wife there while he trains and he knows that is a risky idea. When the promoter said "I thought you said you'd fight for her" I could take that two ways. He could go to the fight and fight "for" her as a way to show he's trying to better their lives. Or he could literally be fighting "FOR" her by keeping her away from his competitor. Everything seems unreal as the fighter projects his thoughts onto the group of what he thinks will happen and then realizing he went off the deep end a bit tries to calm it down. The promotor tries to get him to fight as a way to keep his wife (which seems important to him). Why didn't he go get her off that guy's lap and have a little talk?
  6. The Lodger was kinda chaotic as it starts out.The woman screaming, even silently gave full impact as her mouth and face are are contorting and her eyes widen. I felt her terror. After the police see the victim and interview the witness no one seems to care what happened to the poor girl lying there for all the world to see. Some standing in front of the drink stand where the police took the woman to calm her down I suppose, seem to make inappropriate comments (silently of course) and make jokes by trying to look like the killer. I guess they feel nervous. But I do think I spotted Hitch. He was sitting with his back to the camera in front of a multi-paned window talking on the phone at the newspaper. I can see the presses on the other side of the window. It was your 6 sec hint that clued me in.
  7. I noticed in this clip how AH has to have a "damsel in distress". The woman going into the theater has ?money stolen out of her purse just as she walks in door. She then is looking for the stolen item (I thought it was money, not sure) and realizes it is gone. In Hitchcock movies there is frequently a women found to be in trouble. In Marnie, Tippee Hedron is having some emotional problems that are progressingly getting worse. Then Sean Connery has to help her find out why she's cracking up. In Psycho, Janet Leigh has stolen quite a lot of money, runs off from her job, and has second thoughts but it's a little too late. In Vertigo we see Jimmy Stewart is the troubled soul but Kim Novak gets pulled into his troubles and starts having problems herself.
  8. 1. He exagerates his efforts to not talk directly to his date by squishing up his mouth trying to project away from her cause he can't walk away. He begins thinking what he can do to clean up and impress her. He keeps trying to get a squirt of mouthwash I guess even his aim is off. He does this 4 times till he gets it right. But then he wants to make sure it worked so he talks right in that guy's face and when the guy doesn't keel over Chase feels he pulled it off. Then he decides he can shave to look better so he needs to distract the guy in front of the shaving supplies. He also tries to find someone to trade suits with but no look. He believe that if he's clean shaven, fresh breathed and clean suit he'll get the girl. When he smacks his cheeks with aftershave lotion and when the mouthwash squirts in his eyes I would have thought that was painful but he didn't seem that bothered by it. 2. I felt Chase wanted to make a a good impression on the date he thought would be a dud. I guess he was exasperated as he did many things to "fix" his blunder. 3. The music sounds were just repeating. No one was dancing to really explain why the music was playing. It had nothing to do with the acting. No crescendo or surprise in the music to go with the actions. But I thought the sounds that occurred with his actions were good. He slapped his cheeks while putting on the aftershave lotion and the slapping sounds corresponded to his actions. I had never seen Chase before.
  9. The setting of Lloyd's "Speedy"'s Coney Island represented a place anyone might go to for fun and wholesome activities. His date appears happy to be with him & anxious to try everything. He starts with the crab in his pocket and doesn't realize getting slapped & all his fellow passengers on the spinning ride falling off are being grabbed by the crab until he too is a victim of the crab gag. I think most people could see themselves as Lloyd easier than Chaplin, "being involved in somewhat lawless pursuits like stealing and acting innocent when the cops catch him in the act". But Keaton, while involved in more mundane activities, always seemed to have an over exaggeration of his response to it like getting a piano into his his and all the trouble that ensued. Lloyd could take an experience that anyone one of us could have and add a little gag ( the crab) and our experience would be as a direct result of it. No crab no gag.
  10. 1. The piano, the falling apart house, the man who so easily picked up the piano. Everything was over the top to try to move a piano to inside the house. 2. Keaton is trying to do everything by himself. I would expect Chaplin to get others to do it under his direction. 3. The everyday man doing an unremarkable action; trying to move a piano inside his house, but Keaton is able to find all sorts of obstacles to completing it.
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