A Year of Hitchcock

Who doesn’t love the great Director Alfred Hitchcock? I’m fascinated by his style and no matter how many times I watch his movies I always come away learning something new or discovering something I didn’t notice the first dozen times I’d seen it. To me, that is the mark of a truly great Director. Every year A Study in Movies will be showing one of his great Feature Films, including his Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, television shows, once a week. Below is his entire life’s work in chronological order: (Check the Movie Night Schedule for specific dates)

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The Lodger (1927 | 68 min | Crime/Drama/Mystery)
A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

The Ring (1927 | 89 min | Drama/Romance/Sport)
Two boxers compete for the love of a woman.

Easy Virtue (1928 | 80 min | Romance/Thriller)
A divorcée hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family.

Champagne (1928 | 86 min | Comedy)
A spoiled heiress defies her father by running off to marry her lover. But Daddy has a few tricks up his sleeve.

The Farmer’s Wife (1928 | 129 min | Comedy/Drama/Romance)
After his daughter weds, a middle-aged widower with a profitable farm decides to remarry but finds choosing a suitable mate a problematic process.

The Manxman (1929 | 110 min | Drama/Romance)
A fisherman and a rising young lawyer, who grew up as brothers, fall in love with the same girl.

Blackmail (1929 | 85 min | Crime/Thriller)
After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

Juno and the Paycock AKA The Shame of Mary Boyle (1930 | 85 min | Comedy/Drama)
During the Irish revolution, a family earns a big inheritance. They start leading a rich life forgetting what the most important values are.

Murder! (1930 | 92 min | Crime/Mystery/Thriller)
A juror in a murder trial, after voting to convict, has second thoughts and begins to investigate on his own before the execution.

The Skin Game (1931 | 85 min | Drama)
An old traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village and almost destroy each other.

Rich and Strange AKA East of Shanghai (1931 | 83 min | Comedy/Romance/Thriller)
Believing that an unexpected inheritance will bring them happiness, a married couple instead finds their relationship strained to the breaking point.

Number Seventeen (1932 | 66 min | Crime/Mystery/Thriller)
A gang of thieves gather at a safe house following a robbery, but a detective is on their trail.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 | 75 min | Crime/Film-Noir/Mystery)
A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet.

The 39 Steps (1935 | 86 min | Mystery/Thriller)
A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent. But when the agent is killed and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to both save himself and also stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

Secret Agent (1936 | 86 min | Mystery/Thriller)
After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.

Sabotage (1936 | 76 min | Thriller)
A Scotland Yard undercover detective is on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot to set off a bomb in London. But when the detective’s cover is blown, the plot begins to unravel.

Young and Innocent AKA The Girl Was Young (1937 | 83 min | Crime/Mystery/Romance)
Man on the run from a murder charge enlists a beautiful stranger who must put herself at risk for his cause.

The Lady Vanishes (1938 | 96 min | Mystery/Thriller)
While traveling in continental Europe, a rich young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

Jamaica Inn (1939 | 98 min | Adventure/Crime)
In Cornwall in 1819, a young woman discovers that she’s living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Rebecca (1940 | 130 min | Drama/Film-Noir/Mystery)
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.

Foreign Correspondent (1940 |120 min | Action/Romance/Thriller)
On the eve of World War II, a young American reporter tries to expose enemy agents in London.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941 | 95 min | Comedy/Romance)
A couple who have been married for three years are horrified to learn that their marriage is not legally valid.

Suspicion (1941 | 99 min | Mystery/Thriller)
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

Saboteur (1942 | 109 min | Thriller/War)
Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943 | 108 min | Thriller)
A young woman discovers her visiting “Uncle Charlie” may not be the man he seems to be.

Lifeboat (1944 | 97 min | Drama/War)
Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

Spellbound (1945 | 111 min | Film-Noir/Mystery/Romance)
A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Notorious (1946 |101 min | Drama/Film-Noir/Romance)
A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America. How far will she have to go to ingratiate herself with them?

The Paradine Case (1947 | 125min | Crime/Drama/Romance)
A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending.

Rope (1948 | 80min | Crime/Drama/Thriller)
Two young men strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the “perfection” of their crime.

Under Capricorn (1949 | 117 min | Crime/Drama/Romance)
A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets.

Stage Fright (1950 | 110 min | Crime/Film-Noir/Thriller)
A struggling actress tries to help a friend prove his innocence when he’s accused of murdering the husband of a high society entertainer.

Strangers on a Train (1951| 101 min | Crime/Film-Noir/Thriller)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder – a theory that he plans to implement.

I Confess (1953 | 95 min | Crime/Drama/Film-Noir)
A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.

Dial M for Murder (1954 | 105 min | Crime/Film-Noir/Thriller)
An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

Rear Window (1954 | 112 min | Mystery/Thriller)
A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

To Catch a Thief (1955 | 106 min | Crime/Mystery/Romance)
When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.

The Trouble with Harry (1955 | 99 min | Comedy/Mystery)
The trouble with Harry is that he’s dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body…

Alfred Hitchcock Presents / Seasons 1 – 7 | 268 Episodes
(1955 – 1962 | 25 min ea | Crime/Drama/Mystery)
Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 | 120 min | Drama/Thriller)
A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

The Wrong Man (1956 |105 min | Drama/Film-Noir)
True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

Vertigo (1958 | 128 min | Mystery/Romance/Thriller)
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

North by Northwest  (1943 | 136 min | Action/Adventure/Crime)
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Psycho (1960 | 109 min | Horror/Mystery/Thriller)
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer’s client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour / Seasons 1 – 3 | 93 Episodes
(1962 – 1965 | 50 min ea | Crime/Drama/Mystery)
A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the master of suspense and mystery.

The Birds (1963 | 119 min | Drama/Horror/Mystery)
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Marnie (1964 | 130 min | Crime/Drama/Mystery)
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Torn Curtain (1966 |128 min | Thriller)
An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.

Topaz (1969 | 143 min | Drama/Thriller)
A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Frenzy (1972 | 116 min | Thriller)
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Family Plot (1976 | 120 min | Comedy/Thriller)
Lighthearted suspense film about a phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend who encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.

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