Alfred Hitchcock birth anniversary: 7 surprising facts about the 'Master of Suspense'

Aug 13, 2017, 06:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent

On the 118th birth anniversary of the legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, we dig up some interesting facts that you might not have known about the 'Master of Suspense'

Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock

1. He always wore a suit on his film sets. When he was not shooting, he was a reclusive person. Hitchcock liked to spend his evenings with his wife Alma Reville.

2. Steven Spielberg has stated that Hitchcock is one of the biggest influences on his style of filmmaking.

3. Hitchcock directed eight different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson,  Albert Bassermann, Michael Chekhov, Claude Rains, Ethel Barrymore and Janet Leigh. Fontaine won an Oscar for ‘Suspicion’ (1941).

4. He hated the idea of shooting in outdoor locations. This was because he felt that he had better control over lighting and other factors. He preferred using technology in his later films than shooting outdoors.

5. The voice of the Jaws ride in Universal Studios is that of Alfred Hitchcock.

6. Walt Disney refused to allow him to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because he made “that disgusting film” ‘Psycho’.

7. Hitchcock was a soccer fan. He subscribed to English papers when he stayed in Hollywood so that he could keep track of the results of English soccer club, West Ham United.

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