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Hitchcock Trivia

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Not so weird really. Hitchcock asked Mr. Herrman to supervise the sound track. And there's a rhythm to it. In fact, the scene when the house is attacked, was filmed with a live drummer on the set. The actors responded to the sound of the drum rolls. Music is all around us; it's just not always tonal.

 

Another trivia question (in theme this time!):

 

Though Hitchcock's first American movie was Rebecca, David O. Selznick originally had planned to bring him to Hollywood to make different movie. What was it?

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Thanks, btw, "we" failed to name the color used in Spellbound ... it was red.

 

Next question:

 

Which film directed by Alfred Hitchcock includes a sequence from a Walt Disney cartoon?

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You are correct. For the record, it's a clip from the Silly Symphony cartoon Who Killed **** Robin?, shown (as always by the director) at a particularly unfunny time. One of the things I've always loved best about Hitchcock is his sense of (dark) humor.

 

Your turn MrWriteLA ...

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Think of this as being like a Jeopardy clue.

 

Here's the answer:

 

"Lover"

"Mona Lisa"

"That's Amore"

Bernstein's "Fancy Free" ballet

"To See You Is to Love You"

Excerpts from the soundtrack of "A Place in the Sun"

 

Given the theme of this thread, what's the question?

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I've forgotten where I heard it, probably in a documentary I saw in the last couple of years, but it made sense and you guys will probably get it right away.

Raymond Burr was made-up to look like a certain well-known person in "Rear Window." Who?

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Here's a toughie. On the old Tomorrow show, Tom Snyder asked Hitch, "What scares YOU?" What was the reply? Hint: it is a certain occupation. An example can be found in a close-up from Psycho.

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You are correct, sir. He said something like, a policeman is the only person in our society who can tap you on the shoulder and say, "Come with me," and you have to go.

But I've taken two turns. Now you have a go.

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Okay, please name the MacGuffin from the following films:

 

The Thirty-Nine Steps-

Foreign Correspondent-

Notorious-

North By Northwest-

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Hitch's fear of policemen was so crippling, he never learned to drive or got a driver's licence for fear of being pulled over while driving. And not driving is a REAL pain in Los Angeles.

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Jack, great question. I'm assuming not everyone is familiar with "McGuffin".

 

Interviewed in 1966 by Fran?ois Truffaut, Hitchcock illustrated the term "MacGuffin" with this story:

 

It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men in a train. One man says, 'What's that package up there in the baggage rack?' And the other answers, 'Oh that's a McGuffin.' The first one asks 'What's a McGuffin?' 'Well' the other man says, 'It's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.' The first man says, 'But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands,' and the other one answers 'Well, then that's no McGuffin!' So you see, a McGuffin is nothing at all.

More succinctly, on TV interviews from time to time, Hitchcock defined the MacGuffin as the object around which the plot revolves, and as to what that object specifically is, "The audience don't care!" --from Wikipedia

 

I usually tell friends, "McGuffin, it's the falcon from Malta, the letters of transit to get out of Casablanca."

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> Okay, please name the MacGuffin from the following

> films:

>

> The Thirty-Nine Steps-

> Foreign Correspondent-

> Notorious-

> North By Northwest-

 

1. A memorized formula

2. A secret clause in a treaty

3. Radioactive "sand" in wine bottles

4. Microfilm in the belly of a figurine

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> Okay, please name the MacGuffin from the following films:

 

> The Thirty-Nine Steps-

> Foreign Correspondent-

> Notorious-

> North By Northwest-

 

1. A memorized formula

Yes, specifically a mechanical formula for construction of an airplane engine

2. A secret clause in a treaty

Bravo! The kidnapped Van Meer knew the "secret clause"!

3. Radioactive "sand" in wine bottles

Yes, it was uranium

4. Microfilm in the belly of a figurine

And the microfilm housed "government secrets". How vague! How MacGuffin!

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Right you are, Mongo!

 

Carroll appears in no fewer than 6 Hitchcock movies:

 

"Rebecca"

"Suspicion"

"Spellbound"

"The Paradine Case"

"Strangers on a Train"

"North by Northwest"

 

Your turn.

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OK, here goes:

 

What was Hitchcock's favorite and least favorite of the films he made?

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