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Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense
by Betty Jo Tucker

To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Vertigo, Movie Addict Headquarters is featuring an ON DEMAND tribute show about the Master of Suspense from March 19 through March 25.  During this vintage episode, film historian James Colt Harrison and entertainment journalist Diana Saenger join the Movie Addict HQ gang in a spirited discussion about Hitchcock’s greatest films and the reasons for his success.

Vertigo was voted the greatest movie ever made by the influential Sight and Sound poll. This Hitchcock masterpiece is screening Sunday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 21, at select theaters nationwide. The anniversary event, co-produced by Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies, features comments by TCM host Eddie Muller both before and after the film.

Listeners can hear the BlogTalkRadio tribute to Hitchcock by clicking on the link at the end of this article.

Topics covered in this lively presentation include the secret to Hitchcock’s success, his five greatest movies, actors who delivered the best performances in Hitchcock films, why he is so revered as a filmmaker, his movies that bombed, and favorite anecdotes about Hitchcock.

In addition to Vertigo, the following films are discussed during this popular episode: North by Northwest, The Birds, Psycho, Rebecca, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rope, 39 Steps, Shadow of a doubt, Strangers on a Train, The Trouble with Harry, I Confess, Notorious, Rear Window, Lifeboat and Under Capricorn.

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films during a career that lasted six decades. Movie Maker Magazine called him “the most influential filmmaker of all time.” And, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Hitchcock “did more than any other director to shape modern cinema.”  Because Hitchcock movies boast twist endings plus thrilling plots filled with violence, murder and crime, most viewers were -- and still are -- captivated while watching them. Add suspenseful psychological and visual elements as well as stylistic presentation, mistaken identity, characters wrongfully accused --and the wow factor definitely kicks in while viewing a Hitchcock film.        

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker

CO-HOST: Jazz Shaw

PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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