Rolling up your window at the sight of a passing bird, quickly pulling open your shower curtain when the
slightest shadow is seen, and the constant worry of nuclear war with other countries. Birds will most likely
never go on a killing rampage, a murder taking place in a shower isn't far fetched, and the threat of war is
always present. So, by this we can see the wide range of films directed by the "Giant in Horror", the
"Master Of Suspense", and the "Protagonist of Terror", Mr. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock.
His early life
On August 8, 1899, in Leytonstone, London, William Hitchcock and wife Emma had a son, they named
him Alfred J. Hitchcock. His parents, both Irish and Catholic, also had two other children, William
Hitchcock and Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock. Young Mr. Hitchcock attended the Jesuits' St. Iganatius College
during his early school years. His parents were both very strict. Once when he was young and did
something his father didn't approve of, he was forced to stay in a jail cell for ten minutes. Ever since that
day he had had a phobia of police officers. At the age of fourteen (1913) a tragedy struck Alfred's life, his
father died, this forced him to quit school and search for a job. At age sixteen (1915) Mr. Hitchcock was
studying once again at the University of London, however he was studying engineering and navigation, as
oppose to what a future director should study. At age nineteen (1918) he took a job at the Henley Telegraph
Center as an estimator. Of course as most teens would he managed to go to the cinema regularly, and he fell
in love with the silver screen. While working he took night classes in art, and he read as many technical
magazines as possible to learn more about filmmaking. From that point on his abilities and talent
continued to grow.
The middle years
At the age of twenty-one (1920) Mr. Hitchcock made one of the wisest career decisions of his life. He
heard of a paramount pictures branch called Players-Lasky opening in London. He immediately got an
interview for a job, and due to his knowledge of filmmaking he was given a job as an assistant director. A
year later (1921) he met his future wife Alma Reville, a co-worker at the office, whom he married five
years later at Brompton Oratory. Alma also helped him with the initial script development all the way to the
final post-production of most of his films.
Two years after working at the office Alfred directed his first film, Mrs. Peabody, however it was never
completed. In 1925 Alfred was promoted from assistant director to the position of a full-fledged director.
His second film failure occurred in 1925, he directed the film "The Pleasure Garden", although Alfred
poured his heart, soul, and even his uncanny wit into this film it was never a success. At the age of twenty-
eight (1927) Alfred directed his first successful film, "The Lodger". At that time the film was considered
pretty out of the ordinary. A boarder was suspected of murdering several woman. Such topics as murder,
suspicion, and even sexual attraction were unheard of in the cinemas. This of course spurred Alfred's long
and prosperous career as the Titan of terror. A year after his first film (1928) his wife gave birth to a
daughter, Patricia, who later appeared in three of Alfred's major movies. Patricia appeared in "Stage
Fright", "Strangers on a Train" (which was later remade as throw momma from the train, with Danny
Devito), and Psycho.
In his life Alfred made a total of fifty-three major films, however the first nine were silent films. In 1939
after being acclaimed as one of Britain's greatest directors, he moved to America to start fresh. However
his movies weren't his only passion, in fact he only once went to see one of his own movies. Alfred loved
practical jokes, one of his favorite being his "elevator confession". He would find an elevator with a
number of people in it and confess to one of them that he had committed a brutal murder. He always loved
to keep an audience entertained.
Alfred also liked to be misunderstood, and had many abstract comments to confuse people. One of his most
famous quotes was, "Once a man commits himself to murder, he will soon find himself stealing. The next
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