Hitchcock Nonetheless

The Master’s Touch in His Least Celebrated Films


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About the Book

Alfred Hitchcock made many great films, but he also made many that critics and audiences largely dismissed. These least celebrated films, despite their admitted flaws and relative obscurity, offer much to reward the open-minded viewer.
This critical study examines and reappraises fifteen such films generally overlooked by scholars and Hitchcock aficionados: Juno and the Paycock, The Skin Game, Waltzes from Vienna, Jamaica Inn, The Paradine Case, Under Capricorn, I Confess, Torn Curtain, Number Seventeen, Rich and Strange, Secret Agent, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Stage Fright, The Wrong Man, and Topaz. Each film is discussed and analyzed in detail, revealing the master’s touch in many previously unheralded ways. Brief assessments of the films from popular review compendia introduce each one, and excerpted highlights of numerous works of scholarship are liberally sprinkled throughout the text. In addition, wonderful rare still photographs from each film are included. Readers will come away with a richer sense of the director’s talents in these films, adding to their appreciation of his work in unexpected ways.

About the Author(s)

Marc Raymond Strauss is a professor emeritus of theater and dance from Southeast Missouri State University.

Bibliographic Details

Marc Raymond Strauss
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2809-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1137-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Preface      xi
Abbreviations Used      xvi

Introduction      1

1. Juno and the Paycock (1930)      9
2. The Skin Game (1931)      20
3. Rich and Strange (1931)      31
4. Number Seventeen (1932)      45
5. Waltzes from Vienna (1933)      57
6. Secret Agent (1936)      65
7. Jamaica Inn (1939)      87
8. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)      96
9. The Paradine Case (1947)      107
10. Under Capricorn (1949)      117
11. Stage Fright (1950)      127
12. I Confess (1952)      142
13. The Wrong Man (1957)      157
14. Torn Curtain (1966)      170
15. Topaz (1969)      184

Conclusion      199
Bibliography      201
Index      203