Hitchcock directed Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery in this 1940 screwball comedy. A rare gem indeed.

Gene Raymond as Jeff Custer and Carole Lombard as Ann Smith wearing scarf

Gene Raymond as Jeff Custer and Carole Lombard as Ann Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith.


Full shot of Cary Grant as Johnnie leading Joan Fontaine as Lina upstairs.

A shadowy Cary Grant with Joan Fontaine, who won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as Lina McLaidlaw, in Suspicion.

Wide angle shot of dinner table with Joan Fontaine as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth, Nondas Metcalf as Phyllis Swinghurst, Cary Grant as Johnnie Aysgarth, Auriol Lee as Isobel Sedbusk and Gavin Gordon as Bertram Sedbusk

A master of mise-en-scène, Hitchcock wasn't afraid to frame a scene with an actor's back to the camera.

Cary Grant as Johnnie Aysgarth and director Alfred Hitchcock.

Though his movies were often serious affairs, Hitchcock was a notorious prankster with a keen sense of humor. Here he shares a laugh on the set of Suspicion with Cary Grant.

Stage Fright

Marlene Dietrich as Charlotte Inwood wearing nightgown, standing with Richard Todd as Jonathan Cooper.

Marlene Dietrich and Richard Todd star in the murder mystery Stage Fright. The film is one of Dietrich's finest and allows her to showcase both her talents as an actress and singer. In fact, Cole Porter wrote the tune, "The Laziest Gal in Town" expressly for her for this picture.

Medium shot through ladder of Richard Todd standing with Jane Wyman as Eve Gill.

Hitchcock often utilized a sense of voyeurism, like this shot looking through the blinds of a window in Stage Fright

Strangers on a Train

The dirtiest of deals: I'll kill yours, you kill mine. Hitchcock explores the duality of human nature. The more you watch, the more you'll see in this first-class mystery thriller.

Farley Granger as Guy Haines standing on departing train holding tennis racquet, suitcase and looking at director Alfred Hitchcock (in cameo), boarding train and holding double bass.

Hitchcock famously placed himself in cameos in dozens of his movies. As they became more popular he needed to appear earlier in the films to prevent audiences from becoming too distracted by looking for the famous director. Here he boards a train as Farley Granger departs in Strangers on a Train.

I Confess

In this unusual thriller, Montgomery Clift plays a man of the cloth who hears a murderer's confession and winds up implicating himself in the crime due to the sanctity of his Vows and the Confessional.

Montgomery Cliff in \"I Confess\"

Montgomery Clift struggles with his conscience in I Confess.

I Confess French poster art

Hitchcock had become so well-known that by 1953 his own image was appearing on poster art, as in this French version I Confess.

Dial "M" for Murder

Grace Kelly as Margot Wendice, laying face up on desk, struggles with Anthony Dawson as Captain Swan Lesgate.

The "icy blonde" became a hallmark throughout Hitchcock's films, such as Grace Kelly (above, with Anthony Dawn in Dial "M" for Murder). As for his leading ladies, Hitchcock once expressed his preference as, "The perfect ‘woman of mystery’ is one who is blonde, subtle and Nordic."

Alfred Hitchcock standing behind oversize prop telephone.

Hitchcock stands idly by with a prop in this behind-the-scenes photo from Dial "M" for Murder.

North by Northwest

Part of the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films, North by Northwest is considered one of Hitchcock's greatest thrillers. Espionage, mistaken identity and a nonstop game of cat-and-mouse, this film leaves audiences breathless.

Cary Grant in North by Northwest

Cary Grant paired up with the venerable director for the fourth and final time in North by Northwest.


After Hitchcock's passing in 1980, Variety noted that despite being an intensely private person, that aside from Charlie Chaplin, was there ever a director so instantly recognizable or had one's name been so tied to a style of film. And it seems that the man himself would have agreed. On his style of movie making Hitchcock once said: 

I'm a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.

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