Saturday, May 7, 2005

The Origins of PHONE BOOTH

By the way, Larry Cohen wrote Phone Booth back in the 1970s, when it was entirely probable that you could find a phone booth in midtown Manhattan with retractable doors. The current movie had to explain that implausibility away.

But here's the scuttlebutt: Cohen wrote the script expressly for Alfred Hitchcock, who rejected it, supposedly on the grounds that it was so detailed that it left him no room to put his own stamp on it.

Maybe the whole thing was TOO Hitchcockian!

Joel Gunz

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