THE 405 – Section 3
Unit 5: The Master of Suspense
Theme of “Two Strangers on a Train” is set of two (pairs)…two pairs of
girls with glasses, two dads, two tennis players playing doubles, etc.
Cross cutting…going between two different scenes at once
Merry-Go-Round scene one of the most complicated of his career
After “Strangers on a Train” it was vacation time
A family cruise to Europe
Patricia meets her future husband, John O’Connel. Hitchcock didn’t like
the guy, and felt that she had married beneath her station.
Their relationship was never the same after she married.
“Strangers on a Train” was a box office hit. Many folks were offended
by explicit murder, homosexual undertones.
Hitchcock, though, is now named ‘the master of suspense’
Hitchcock is stuck. Hard time finding stories in 1952. Sleznick offered
him some work.
Patricia get married and Hitchcock’s 25th wedding anniversary. Alma
had only worked on “Stage Freight” and “Paraden case” in the last 10
years as she was raising Patricia. Alma found his next film…
“Nos Duex Consciences”
A 1902 stage play by Paul Anthelme
Hitchcock had bought the screenplay version while working on
He and Alma had already written several drafts
She suggested they try it one more time
“I Confess” (1953) –renamed play
The story of Father Michael Logan…murder, blackmail, Father
Logan is put on trial
He gets off on a technicality, but everyone thinks he did it