Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Trivia Tuesday: Alfred Hitchcock

Died on this date in 1980 of renal failure

Some of the famous films he turned down directing duties on include Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Sleuth, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Bad Seed, Jane Eyre, Anastasia, and Wait Until Dark.

Never won a Best Director Oscar competitively, but was presented with the Irving G. Thalberg award in 1968. He gave the shortest speech in Oscar history by saying "thank you" and walking off.

Has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for film and one for television.

Became a naturalized US citizen in 1956.

Shadow of a Doubt was his favorite film that he directed.

Had a lifelong fear of the police after his father had him locked up for ten minutes in a jail when he was a boy to show him what happened to people who did bad things.

Appeared in small cameos in most of his films.

In order to make Psycho, he deferred his usual pay of $250,000 and chose only to take 60% of the film's profits, which ended up being $15 million.

Always used what he called a "MacGuffin" in his films, which is something that is extremely important to the characters in the film and moves the plot, but has very little meaning to the audience.

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