On Alfred Hitchcock

Known as the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock changed film history with his visually dynamic tales of fear and fascination. Below actors remember the famous director.

1. Jimmy Stewart

“Every once in a while after shooting a scene Hitch would get out of his chair and come up to me. Then he would very quietly say, ‘Jim, the scene is tired.’ He would then go back to his chair and sit down, and you would know exactly what he meant, that the timing and the pace were wrong."

2. Vera Miles

"There was a great deal of respect between Hitchcock and me. He expected people to be good, and never rehearsed them at all."

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3. Eva Marie Saint

“One of his greatest gifts was that he made you feel you were the only perfect person for the role and this gave you incredible confidence in playing the part. And then, he'd leave you to your own devices. It was really a wonderful set to work on.”

4. Henry Fonda

“He was funny all the time. Hitch would come in and tell a funny story just before he’d say, ‘Roll ‘em’ into a serious scene I loved working with Hitch. He blueprinted every scene he did carefully with the production man and the assistant director and the script supervisor, so that any one of the four of them could have line up the shot and shot it.”

5. Kim Novak

"The wonderful thing about Alfred Hitchcock is in one way he is obssesed with changing you. The physical sense of the character has to be exactly the way [he wants], but he allows you total freedom in the way you play the part... I adored him."

6. Cary Grant

“It was a great joy to work with Hitch. He was an extraordinary man.”

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7. Grace Kelly

"Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes."