Dick Cavett spends 90 minutes with legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in a 1972 interview. Hitch discusses cinema, his life and career, and explains how he pulled off some "ingenious"... See full summary »

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Arthur Forrest

Writers:

Robert Cunniff (as Bob Cunniff), David Lloyd
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Episode credited cast:
Dick Cavett ... Himself - Host
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Balsam ... Det. Milton Arbobast (archive footage)
Fred Foy Fred Foy ... Himself - Announcer
Tippi Hedren ... Melanie Daniels (archive footage)
Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates (archive footage)
Bobby Rosengarden Bobby Rosengarden ... Himself - Bandleader
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Dick Cavett spends 90 minutes with legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in a 1972 interview. Hitch discusses cinema, his life and career, and explains how he pulled off some "ingenious" special effects in his movies. He also discusses actors, screen violence and how he enjoys watching an audience "dipping their toe in the cold water of fear." Included are clips from his films "Psycho," "The Birds" and "Frenzy." Written by alfiehitchie

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Music | Talk-Show

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock: ...may I tell you a story...
Dick Cavett - Host: Yes.
Alfred Hitchcock: ...about a nice little boy? His father managed to get him into the best school in England. Eton College, you've heard of that?
Dick Cavett - Host: Hmm.
Alfred Hitchcock: Father went to visit him after a week and the boy was scratched and bruised. Terrible state. He said, "What happened?" He said, "They don't like me here, father. They call me a dirty, little Jew." He said, "Don't you fight back. They'll throw you out of the school. Keep away from them." He waits a week, visits the boy again, and ...
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Good Cavett interview with a master
27 June 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Dick Cavett and Alfred Hitchcock meet on stage sideways in silhouette in homage to Hitchcock's famous opening for his television show. He then proceeds to interview the director about his films.

The interview is not as insightful as Cavett's interview with Katharine Hepburn, but it's wonderful fun. Hitchcock possessed a very quick wit and flawless comic timing in what he says, and the technique he reveals for various shots is fascinating. Cavett is a charming interviewer.

I remember many of these interviews from the original broadcasts. TCM showing them is a rare opportunity for those who weren't around to see some of these greats. Hitchcock was a star in his own right, and here he demonstrates his intelligence and great sense of humor.


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