Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Greetings from the Alfred Hitchcock Geek


In 1956, Hitch posed for this picture at his favorite New York restaurant, the 21 Club. (He even gave the famed eatery a role in Spellbound.) Photo by John Rawlings

You could say Hitch was a man of many appetites. An old school gourmand, he served guests -- and himself -- more-than-ample portions from his well-stocked wine cellar (he loved Burgundy in particular) and aged beef flown in from England.

Once, on the set of The Birds, he advised 12-year-old actress Veronica Cartwright, who played the film's Cathy Brenner, on the proper way to broil a steak. He also gave her meticulous instructions regarding wine selection, right down to the best distributor to choose. (It's in Bristol, England.) She apparently never deviated from his wise counsel. I wouldn't, either -- would you?

Getting back to the picture above. Ogden Nash liked it so much he wrote the following poem:

Pick a Hitchcock of opulence rather than corpulence,
just pleasingly plump, with a snug silhouette,
To embellish the board when the places are set.
For the ultimate test, more closely examine it.
The Hitchcock Supreme has a wide streak of ham in it.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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5 comments:

Gory said...

I love it!! I've never seen that picture before. Really great find.

Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Anonymous said...

wow what a nice Thanksgiving present! thank you

booksandacupofcoffee said...

Hi! Joel,
That is a photograph of director Alfred Hitchcock, that I have never seen neither.
Thanks for sharing not only the photograph, but also all the "tidbits" about him (Alfred Hitchcock) in your post.
Once again, I hope that you and your family had a good one!
Take care!
DeeDee ;-D

camillofan said...

While there are a few hours of holiday remaining, be sure to check out Hitch's appearance on "Vincent Price's (1958) Thanksgiving Special," courtesy SNL.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7ms02_saturday-night-live-vincent-prices_fun

booksandacupofcoffee said...

Hi! Joel,
Check out the asking price for this lobby card from Hitch's 1960 film Psycho.

As a matter of fact, I just featured this card along with seven other cards from the same set on my blog in August.

Psycho Lobby Card

DeeDee