Jason and Stephen discuss “Blackmail,” Alfred Hitchcock’s first sound film. They talk about Hitchcock’s inventive use of sound from the beginning, working around Anny Ondra’s Czech accent, Donald Calthrop setting a tone for the director’s later villains, and how Hitchcock’s anxieties about police all come in full view.
Jason Mann and Stephen Wilger are joined by On The Stick‘s Joe Drilling (@Shake_Well on Twitter) to discuss Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “North by Northwest,” starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. It’s the Hitchcock to end all Hitchcock pictures, and we’ve got the Hitchcock podcast to end all Hitchcock podcasts.
“Marnie” is the subject of the second Alfred Hitchcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Guest is writer and podcaster Stephen Wilger of The Paper Masque. They discuss the major themes, including obsession, ambiguity, duality, and unrequited love; tensions between Hitchcock and star Tippi Hedren; how this film was a turning point in the director’s career; parallels to “Vertigo” and other work; and much more.
“Strangers on a Train” is the subject of the first Alfred Hitchcast, hosted by Jason Mann. Guest is writer and designer Sawyer Paul. They discuss their favorite scenes, whether they sympathize more with the hero or villain, homosexual and Red Scare subtexts, and old ladies who love homicide.