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What in the hell does Alfred Hitchcock have to do with Christmas Day?


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4 minutes ago, papyrusbeetle said:

A question for PSYCHO-heads>>>

 

Aren't there Christmas Decorations downtown in Phoenix as Marian drives away?
just saying.....

 

Yes there are Christmas decorations strung across the street. But I don't think another mention is made of Christmas during the entire film.

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15 hours ago, slaytonf said:

Maybe as a palate cleanser, or a wicked counterpoint, TCM is showing a full day of Hitchcock movies starting at 5 pm, PST (Now, whose sardonic take on the world I wonder could account for that?).  I don't know of any Hitchcock movies that take place in winter, let alone center around Christmas.  Come to think of it, almost any kind of bad weather, rain, snow, heat, is absent from his movies--perhaps as a as a consequence of his sunny disposition.  True, a lot of times it's night.

Maybe we're supposed to work out hidden themes in his movies.  Lemme see. . . .so Thornhill's flight across America could be symbolic of Santa's Christmas Eve ride, only he ends up getting the present, instead.  There aren't too many families in his movies that could be taken for the Bethlehem Trio, and nothing in a manger, but the building where the Lawrence kid was held captive in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) was pretty mangy.  Ingrid Bergman always seemed elfin to me.  Wonder what else I can think of?

Trying to think? Most still don't know that the vast majority of his arliest U.S. produx were actually done at the still-standing "Culver Studios only a stones throw away from the grandest of all "Dream Factories" in MGM.  *Selznick ot lots of *"GWTW"-(all fans can now see it the façade of the legendary mansion, but from behind gates)

he also filmed "Last of the Mohicans" (l936) "Little Lord Flauntleroy" "King Kong'(l933), *"Rebcecca" "portrait of Jennie" even much of "KANE" was done there & RKO Radio. "Notortorios"  "Spellbound" "Since You Went Away. Lucybought  "Culver Studios" bought hersef over from RKO & did "I love Lucy" there-(she bragged she bought out *David 0. Selzinck-(l902-65) & called the yds he once owned "The Back 40"   Other famed tv shows shot in Culver City Studiopds NOTE There a many yotube ride alongs but they must stop at it's gates too!?) even the likes of Harold Lloyd used tofilm most of hoist silent flix on it's Atlantic Street! & Hal Roach & Stan & Ollie also often ued this sire of the "Dream Factory"(mostly in the 1920's) & Roach even had his tiny "0ur Gang" on this side of the lot.

 

Originally it was named after studio pioneer Tomas Ince he was very mysteriously killed in '24, though they still have "Ince Blvd"

 

"Superman" filmed inside & RKO "Batman"-(only the Bronson Canyon Caves opening though  & many more!

 

& it's a working studio & many other flix have been particial shot or entirely> "Raging Bull"  "Bettlejuice" "A Few Good Men" "The Rock" ":"Amergeddon" "Legally Blonde" Even "Bugsy" & tons more, plus they always film tv shows

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EXCUSE KINDA' SLOPPY WRITING, MY KEYBOARD    NOW, not MY NEWW BOARD, It'S THE SITE THIS TOIME OUT   KEEPS EARSING LETTER

 

& AGAIN, TO (MODERATOR) WHY DO WE STILL HAVE TO JUMP THREW HOOPS JUST TO LOG BACK-IN?-(about 3 motnhs at least?)

 

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12 hours ago, jakeem said:

Remember, TCM had a month-long retrospective of Hitchcock's films in July. It probably cost a pretty penny to secure the rights to many of them, and I suppose TCM must burn them off whenever they can.

Also, Ingrid Bergman elfin? Are you kidding me? She was almost a 6-footer and said to be very healthy. 

Image result for tcm salute to alfred hitchcock

 

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10 hours ago, scsu1975 said:

It is not generally known, but The Man Who Knew Too Much was originally supposed to be about a bearded jolly old soul who kept dossiers on who was naughty and who was nice.

Well, you know, I always thought The Birds (1963) was supposed to be an object lesson in what happens to naughty people.

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10 hours ago, jinsinna13 said:

I agree. There's only so many Christmas movies people can watch without getting sick of them. (Or they're already sick of them like I am with It's a Wonderful Life.) Comedy Central seems to be the only channel that agrees with us and plays a That '70s Show marathon instead.

It took guts for TCM to make a bold move like this. And that I give them credit for.

 

10 hours ago, sewhite2000 said:

Are you complaining that TCM didn't show ENOUGH Christmas movies already this month? Because ...

 

10 hours ago, TomJH said:

Hitchcock has, obviously, nothing to do with Christmas.

But in broadcasting his films TCM is offering a Christmas day alternative to the White Christmases and wonderful lives and Christmas Carols and Bing Crosby priest films being shown elsewhere. Some viewers don't like the sentimentality of Christmas movies (I'm among them) and would rather watch James Stewart using his binoculars on neighbours or Cary Grant scaling up Mount Rushmore (both great movies, by the way)

 

7 hours ago, Swithin said:

Oh dear, another "every holiday must have related films" thread.

 

5 hours ago, speedracer5 said:

I don't know what Hitchcock has to do with Christmas and frankly I don't care.  What a fun way to spend Christmas evening! I don't know about everyone else, but by Christmas evening, I've watched all the Christmas movies I care to see, I'm sick and tired of the Christmas music (2 months of banal Christmas music is more than enough, I only want to hear Charlie Brown, Grinch, Bing and The Rat Pack), and I'm just tired of Christmas in general.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas trees and I do genuinely like some Christmas movies and music, but I'm so tired of the emphasis on buying the right gift.  I do empathize with Charlie Brown's feelings that Christmas has become too commercialized.

Anyway, by Christmas night, I'm ready for an evening of murder, suspicious characters, false accusations, stalking, and everything of that ilk. Kudos to TCM.

I encourage you to read my OS (original speculation).

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19 hours ago, jakeem said:

Remember, TCM had a month-long retrospective of Hitchcock's films in July. It probably cost a pretty penny to secure the rights to many of them, and I suppose TCM must burn them off whenever they can.

Also, Ingrid Bergman elfin? Are you kidding me? She was almost a 6-footer and said to be very healthy. 

Image result for tcm salute to alfred hitchcock

In reference to Ingrid Bergman's height-- I love the story about how Yul Brenner got  pissedoff because they wanted him to stand on Alan Ladd's box to do an intimate scene with Ingrid in Anastasia. 

I don't recall if he actually got on the box, but he must have felt insulted because in turn,  he called Ingrid a "big horse".

So I just looked up their heights and actually they were both very close together: she was 5' 9" and he was 5' 8". But I imagine in heels she was a little taller. And the man always had to tower over the woman. LOL

I always found it so amazing how when some women were dancing with Fred Astaire, before the dance they had on heels and then during the dance-- when there had been no change in the scene-- they were wearing flat heeless ballet slippers.

Fred Astaire was 5' 9" and this never happened with the 5' 4" Ginger Rogers. But later at Metro when he danced with Cyd Charisse and Ann Miller, this serious change would occur because both ladies were 5' 7".

 

BTW-- I always think of holidays as a time when you eat your favorite foods and watch your favorite movies. For Christmas I often watch Hitchcock's Rebecca because it's near the top of my list and for New Year's Eve I always watch Top Hat because that's an old Late Show tradition.

I think TCM picked the Hitchcock movies because they knew that they were fabulous and the majority of people would always enjoy seeing them again. It was their way of saying Merry Christmas.

 

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5 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

In reference to Ingrid Bergman's height-- I love the story about how Yul Brenner got  pissedoff because they wanted him to stand on Alan Ladd's box to do an intimate scene with Ingrid in Anastasia. 

I don't recall if he actually got on the box, but he must have felt insulted because in turn,  he called Ingrid a "big horse".

 

I told you she was very healthy!

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42 minutes ago, rayban said:

They could've done various adaptations of "A Christmas Carol" from the 1938 MGM classic to the Albert Finney ego-driven "Scrooge".

They could have billed it as "24 Hours of Scrooge" in the style of sister channel TBS -- which used to bill marathons of John Wayne movies as "10 Days of The Duke"! 

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