Thanksgiving comes with a Hitch(cock) this year on TCM

TCM offers 24 hours of suspense master’s movie classic'

James Stewart in “Rear Window”

Guess who’s coming for Thanksgiving? None other than Alfred Hitchcock.

Turner Classic Movies offers a feast of its own this year with a 24-hour marathon of features directed by film history’s “master of suspense,” starting the evening of Thursday, Nov. 26, and running through much of Friday, Nov. 27. Here’s a look at some of the attractions that are included.

“Rear Window” (1954):

The production design is a star of this great thriller that keeps a light touch as an apartment dweller (James Stewart), waylaid by a broken leg, thinks he spies a neighbor (Raymond Burr) committing murder. A pre-royal Grace Kelly is charming as Stewart’s supportive (maybe too supportive) girlfriend.


“The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956):

Doris Day’s musical trademark, “Que Sera Sera,” was a byproduct of her starring with Hitchcock returnee Stewart as a couple forced into foreign espionage.

“The Birds” (1963):

Rarely have electronic sounds been used more chillingly than in Hitchcock’s take on a Daphne Du Maurier story that puts a town under siege from our feathered “friends.” Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette and Jessica Tandy star.

“Psycho” (1960):

The thriller that made people wary of taking a shower – thanks to the fate of Norman Bates’ (Anthony Perkins) motel guest (Janet Leigh) – is the Hitchcock movie many people think of first. It was remade virtually shot-for-shot in 1998.

“Strangers on a Train” (1951):

Two travelers (Farley Granger, Robert Walker) make a pact to get rid of someone for the other person in a tale that’s been retold in numerous variations.

“Saboteur” (1942):

Basically a spy story, this fast-paced effort culminates in one of Hitchcock’s most memorable endings, putting heroic Robert Cummings and not-so-heroic Norman Lloyd atop the Statue of Liberty.

“Torn Curtain” (1966):

Paul Newman and Julie Andrews surely bring star power to this melodrama, about a scientist’s defection, which includes one of the most brutal scenes in the Hitchcock canon. (Hint: It happens in a  kitchen.)

“Shadow of a Doubt” (1943):

Joseph Cotten is wonderfully eerie as an apparent bon vivant suspected of murder by a young relative (Teresa Wright).

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