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A Review Of The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock And All His Works.

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Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) b. London, England.Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in London on August 13, 1899, to William Hitchcock, a poultry dealer and fruit-importer, and Emma Whelan Hitchcock. As a young boy he was possessed by wanderlust, and by the time he was eight he had ridden every bus line in London and explored all its docks and shipping terminals. His parents were devout Catholics and made sure their son had a proper Jesuit upbringing. Once, as a child, when he had done something of which his father disapproved, he was given a note to take to the police chief. The officer read it and put Alfred in a jail cell for ten minutes. "That's what we do to boys who are naughty," he reprimanded. Ever since then Hitchcock has had a phobia for police and police stations, and this fear has manifested itself in many of his films. He attended St. Ignatius College, a Jesuit preparatory school in London, where he started on a course that would prepare him to become an electrical engineer. He eventually was forced to give up his courses at the University of London to help support his family by working as a technical clerk in a cable-manufacturing concern. Not to be deterred, he rose from the lowly job to the advertising department.Upon learning one day that the Famous Players-Lasky Company was planning to open London studios, Hitchcock went to work on a pet idea, he felt that film title cards were atrocious and decided to design some to present to the new producers. After battling past the army of secretaries and assistants he somehow managed to wrangle his way to the top man who saw and liked the batch of title cards for The Great Day (1921). By 1923, he was a scenario writer for Gainsborough Pictures in Islington, England, and that same year he saw his first credit as art director for Woman to Woman (1923). This came after he had tried his hand at directing a comedy about London low-life called Number Thirteen (1922). The star of the picture, Clare Greet, put up some of the money for the. project, but apparently it was not enough to sustain it and the film was never completed. He later became co-director on the film Always Tell Your Wife after the first director became ill and could not complete shooting. He then acted as designer, script collaborator, and assistant director on The White Shadow (1923) for Gainsborough and continued there with The Passionate Adventure (1924) in the same three jobs. The Prude's Fall (1924) and The Blackguard (1925) both followed. Then Hitchcock got his first break. He was asked to direct The Pleasure Garden (1925), which would be his first complete film as director. It was to be made in Munich, and Hitchcock brought the cast and crew to Germany on a $50,000 budget. The picture was a slight melodrama, but it obtained good reviews and brought attention to Hitchcock as a capable director. Following The Pleasure Garden, Hitchcock returned to the German studio Emelka for his second film, The Mountain Eagle (1926), which...

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