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701619.  Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:19 pm Reply with quote

Alfred Hitchcock made a cameo appearance in nearly all of his films.

Sadurian Mike
701621.  Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:25 pm Reply with quote

Only whilst he was waiting for his part as Queen Victoria's stand-in.

701886.  Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:24 am Reply with quote

It was always fun looking out for his cameo. The trickiest was the film "Lifeboat" which took place entirely in said lifeboat with its small cast. He got over it by being on a page of a newspaper that blew in from the wreckage.

Colin Dexter did the same thing with the television series of Inspector Morse. Great fun.

701892.  Mon Apr 26, 2010 6:35 am Reply with quote

The other nice thing with the Inspector Morse series was the Morse code clue to the killer's identity.

701927.  Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:34 am Reply with quote

Yeah, but sometimes they gave a deliberate Morse code red herring.

Ion Zone
702666.  Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:11 pm Reply with quote

I've always been a bit unsure of cameos, it works for some people, but the thing is, is it sometimes vanity?

702684.  Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:47 pm Reply with quote

The mention of Morse and also of cameos makes it relevant to mention the forthcoming run of Lewis. Four new episodes, and Alan Davies is in one of them. (The second I think, but I don't swear to it.)

Sadurian Mike
702747.  Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:57 pm Reply with quote

Lewis meets Jonathan Creek?

A race to see who solves the mystery first, becoming no less than battle of two different crime-solving techniques.

702886.  Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:42 am Reply with quote

I enjoy Lewis but it's a struggle not to make unfavourable comparisons.

736126.  Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:19 am Reply with quote

I remember reading somewhere that the 'blood' used in the shower sequence in Pyscho was chocolate sauce. Can anyone confirm this?

736161.  Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:13 am Reply with quote

Specifically Bosco Chocolate Sauce, if IMDB is to be believed.

Ion Zone
736299.  Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:51 pm Reply with quote

This always makes me wonder what it was like filming the lifts scene in The Shining (That was just red water though).

736303.  Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:23 pm Reply with quote

Hitchcock became concerned that his audience were looking out for the cameo and not concentrating on the action. Therefore in his later films his cameo was nearer to the beginning of the film then his earlier ones.

739169.  Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:59 pm Reply with quote

little fun fact:
in the last scene of the birds, the main characters open the front door and go outside; you can see the guy in close up (i think) opening the door, and going outside.
in fact, there really is no door used; the effect of an opening door was created with light, so it would seem like the guy opens a door.
i got that fact from the dvd extras. didn't notice it during the film, but when i went back to watch it again, indeed, the guy opens an imaginary door.
and really, you don't notice it while watching the film. it really is quite extraordinary.
a link to the ending scene to illustrate what i meant. the instance i was talking about happens in the first 50 seconds.

739239.  Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:57 pm Reply with quote

Here is Hitchcock accepting his life achievement award from the AFI.


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