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9.)  The finale of this movie was  parodied in the Mel Brooks film, "High Anxiety".

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10) The 1996 restoration of "Vertigo" was premiered in San Francisco and attended by Patricia Hitchcock and Kim Novak.

Next:

Psycho

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1.  Robert Bloch's novel Psycho was inspired by the serial killer and grave robber, Ed Gein.  

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2.)  This is one of three of Alfred Hitchcock'smovies that his daughter, Patricia, appeared in.

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4) Psycho was Hitchcock's film just before The Birds and features many avian references. In addition to the stuffed birds so beloved of Norman Bates, Janet Leigh's character is named Marian Crane, and she comes from Phoenix.

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6.  Janet Leigh reportedly wasn't bothered while shooting the famous shower scene but was shaken after seeing the finished product onscreen.  She claimed  to have stopped taking showers,  preferring baths:  

"I stopped taking showers and I take baths, only baths," she said. In fact, when the former movie star stays overnight in a hotel or at a friend's home where only a shower is available, she panics. "I make sure the doors and windows of the house are locked," she said, "and I leave the bathroom door open and shower curtain open. I'm always facing the door, watching, no matter where the shower head is."

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7.)    In the famous shower scene, the person holding the knife was not Anthony Perkins, but his stand-in.   (Perkins was in New York when the scene was filmed.)

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8.  Parallels have been raised between Hitchcock's Psycho and William Castle's Homicidal (1961):

Castle's movie borrowed a similar "twist" reveal for the killer, while Hitchcock borrowed a patently Castle-style "ballyhoo" theater gimmick for his "No one will be admitted late" promotion.

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9.)  In the hotel scene with John Gavin and Janet Leigh,  he was wearing more clothes than was called for in the original script.  The reason is that he became too aroused during this scene and they had to somehow cover  things up.

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10) The fine character actor Simon Oakland was on a roll with his pivotal role in "Psycho" as the psychiatrist who treats Norman Bates. Previously he'd had a major role in The Academy Award-winning "I Want To Live" and after "Psycho" he had a featured role in The Academy Award-winning  "West Side Story".

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Warren Beatty's gangster movie--

 Bonnie and Clyde

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1) Arthur Penn directed Beatty's gangster movie, while Warren also starred in the movie that he had produced.

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3.  The poem that Faye Dunaway reads, "The Story of Suicide Sal",  was written by Bonnie Parker in 1932.

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4) Bonnie and Clyde received 9 Academy Awards nominations: winning 2--

Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress, Estelle Parsons.

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5.  Warren Beatty and Michael J Pollard had appeared together on a 1959 episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

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6) The popularity of the movie made it a pop cultural item. Faye Dunaway's costuming in the film became fashionable and several pop songs were recorded.

The most popular song was "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" by Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames. It hit #1 on the UK charts.

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7.  The family picnic scene was filmed in Red Oak, Texas.   The filmmakers spotted local school teacher, Mabel Cavitt, and cast her as Bonnie's mother.

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8. Critics were divided when the film opened.  Bosley Crowther panned the movie, while Pauline Kael wrote a positive review.

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9.  Jean-Luc Goddard was approached to direct the movie but turned it down.

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10) Gene Hackman received his first Oscar nomination for this film.

Next-Mister Roberts (1955)

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2.  Was William Powell's last movie.

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