TCM offers 24 hours of suspense master’s movie classic'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Joseph Cotten is wonderfully eerie as an apparent bon vivant suspected of murder by a young relative (Teresa Wright).