Stars joan fontaine and cary grant adapted by samson

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Stars Joan Fontaine and Cary GrantAdapted by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison (his assistant), and Alma Revelle (Hitchcock’s Wife)oSTORY:Lina-shy, dowdy, wealthyJohnny Aysgarth—irresponsible, but dashingAfter marrying, she suspects he will murder her for her moneyJohnny isn’t a killerHitchcock begged RKO, but they wouldn’t let Cary Grant be the killerStars aren’t killers and audiences want happy endings
Studio ordered the film recut to remove suspicion that Grant was the killerThe cut scenes were restoredHitchcock touches include:Lina, the cool female, plays hard-to-get before falling for JohnnyDeception-things aren’t what they seemLove and romance lead to hope and despairAn air of menace over the entire filmA simmering evil just below the surface of JohnnyThe film is a tour de force by HitchcockCreates fear and suspicionAudience fears Johnny and feels what she is going throughMost memorable scene-Johnny gets Lina a glass of milkoShe realizes he is going to poison heroSuspense builds as she comes up the stairsoCan’t take your eyes off the glass of milkoLighting trick by Hitchcock –lightbulb in the glassoHuge success-Joan Fontaine won Best Actress for the role of LinaoHitchcock had his choice of projectsPart Three: The war in Europe officially becomes WWIIHitchcock claimed he “was never asked” to go back to England after the war beganActually, he stayed in Hollywood because of Winston ChurchilloChurchill wanted Hollywood to produce propaganda films benefiting the war effort“Saboteur” (1942)oNot to be confused with “Sabotage”Nor with “Secret Agent,” the book and the filmo“Saboteur” is like the American remake of “The 39 Steps”Hitchcock offered the film to Frank Lloyd at Universal, and Selznick again loaned Hitchcock outSelznick charged $5,000 for Hitchcock’s services, but only gave him $2,750Hitchcock was upset, but was bound by his contractoWritten by Joan Harrison, Peter Viertel, and Dorothy ParkerParker added humor and naturalism to the screenplayRobert Cummings is Barry, who is wrongfully accused of sabotageHe meets a girl who eventually helps him discover the truthCasting problems—Hitchcock couldn’t get great Hollywood actors
Wanted big names, but could only get Robert Cummings and Priscilla LaneThey were hired by the producer before Hitchcock finalized his contractHitchcock felt the film was weak and the script had too many ideasCritics felt the film was flat due to a lack of budgetFilms of the time had smaller budgets due to the war effortScenes take place across America, a precursor to “North by Northwest”oRadio City Music Hall, the Statue of Librty, and scenes in Colorado bring a journey aspect to the filmoStatue of Liberty scene-one to beholdoHero has chased the saboteur to Lady Liberty, followed by the policeoThe climax of the filmThe falling effect was created by the actor sitting in a revolving chairThe camera pulled back and away from him

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