Dick Cavett spends 90 minutes with legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in a 1972 interview. Hitch discusses cinema, his life and career, and explains how he pulled off some "ingenious"... See full summary »


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Robert Cunniff (as Bob Cunniff), David Lloyd


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Episode credited cast:
Dick Cavett ... Himself - Host
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Balsam ... Det. Milton Arbobast (archive footage)
Fred Foy Fred Foy ... Himself - Announcer
Tippi Hedren ... Melanie Daniels (archive footage)
Anthony Perkins ... Norman Bates (archive footage)
Bobby Rosengarden Bobby Rosengarden ... Himself - Bandleader


Dick Cavett spends 90 minutes with legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in a 1972 interview. Hitch discusses cinema, his life and career, and explains how he pulled off some "ingenious" special effects in his movies. He also discusses actors, screen violence and how he enjoys watching an audience "dipping their toe in the cold water of fear." Included are clips from his films "Psycho," "The Birds" and "Frenzy." Written by alfiehitchie

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8 June 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Alfred Hitchcock: ...may I tell you a story...
Dick Cavett - Host: Yes.
Alfred Hitchcock: ...about a nice little boy? His father managed to get him into the best school in England. Eton College, you've heard of that?
Dick Cavett - Host: Hmm.
Alfred Hitchcock: Father went to visit him after a week and the boy was scratched and bruised. Terrible state. He said, "What happened?" He said, "They don't like me here, father. They call me a dirty, little Jew." He said, "Don't you fight back. They'll throw you out of the school. Keep away from them." He waits a week, visits the boy again, and ...
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An amazing interview with a true Hollywood Film Icon ...
18 December 2006 | by beam_erSee all my reviews

Dick Cavett does a wonderful job of allowing Alfred Hitchcock plenty of time during the hour long Interview to be Alfred. Dick sits back and lets Alfred reveal all kinds of the wonderful directorial direction Alfred used in some of his famous movies.

The beginning of the show is classic, with Dick coming from the side in shadow as Alfred did so many times on his own show, then the master himself shows the skinny Dick Cavett how it is really done, coming from the other side to meet Dick belly to belly, both in shadow.

The interview lags just a few times, mostly allowing Alfred time to catch his thoughts and spew forth more intelligent banter. You get a rare opportunity to witness and hear some of the great Brilliance this amazing director possessed. I was truly amazed at how simple some of the Techniques he used in making film magic was. I guess having that great mind behind the technique helps tremendously.

I gave it an 8 out of 10, but highly recommend this interview with out any problems whatsoever.

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