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Hitchcock Chronology: 1941

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January

February

March

April

May

June

  • Still unsure of the best ending for the film, Suspicion is shown to a test audience. The filmed ending — which sees Joan Fontaine drinking a glass of milk she believes to be poisoned only to discover Cary Grant is instead intending to commit suicide by poisoning himself — is rejected. Hitchcock later tells the New York Herald Tribune, the audience "booed [the ending], and I don't blame them." In desperation, Joan Harrison and Hitchcock eventually come up with a new ending, which is the one used in the released film.[6]
  • George Schaefer, head of production at RKO, sends a memo to Hitchcock with a suggested new ending for Suspicion.[7] A few days later, writer Samson Raphaelson sends the director a letter with his thoughts about the ending.[8]
  • RKO, who have recently undergone a change of management, threaten to recut Suspicion to under an hour. Furious protests by Hitchcock, Myron and David O. Selznick force the studio to back down and release Hitchcock's version of the film, but not before changing the film's title from Beyond the Fact to Suspicion, much to the director's consternation (a "cheap and dull" title).[9]
  • 27th - Hitchcock flies into LaGuardia Airport, New York, to appear as a guest expert on the NBC radio quiz show Information Please.[10]

July

August

  • Hitchcock travels to New York to meet Sidney Bernstein and Victor Saville and to discuss to the possibility of making a short film for the British Ministry of Information (MoI). Hitchcock would eventually direct Bon Voyage and Aventure Malgache, as well as contributing to Men of the Lightship and Target for Tonight. The three then return to Hollywood to try and persuade studio executives to allow MoI shorts to be shown prior to their main features in the theatres.[12][13]
  • 20th - Having earlier persuaded David O. Selznick to allow him to base his next film on an original story, Hitchcock submits a 134-page manuscript titled "Untitled Original Treatment by Alfred Hitchcock and Joan Harrison". The story involves an act of sabotage at an airplane factory, a cross-country chase, an explosion at a newly opened dam, and a villain falling from the Statue of Liberty. After further development on the screenplay, Selznick decides to let Hitchcock make the film for another studio and a deal is struck with Universal.[14]

September

October

November

December

See Also...

Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 278
  2. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 285
  3. Variety (1941) - Pictures: Studes Get Their Film Knowledge From Experts
  4. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 281-82
  5. Variety (28/05/1941) - L.A. to N.Y.
  6. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 288-89
  7. Memo from George Schaefer (Jun/1941)
  8. Letter from Samson Raphaelson (28/Jun/1941)
  9. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 289-90
  10. Variety (02/07/1941) - L.A. to N.Y.
  11. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 293
  12. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 294
  13. Variety (1941) - Chatter: Hollywood (Aug 27th)
  14. American Cinematographer (1993) - Saboteur: Hitchcock Set Free
  15. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 301
  16. New York Times (27/Nov/1941) - L.A. to N.Y.
  17. Variety (03/Dec/1941) - L.A. to N.Y.
  18. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 294
  19. American Cinematographer (1993) - Saboteur: Hitchcock Set Free
  20. American Cinematographer (1993) - Saboteur: Hitchcock Set Free
  21. American Cinematographer (1993) - Saboteur: Hitchcock Set Free
  22. American Cinematographer (1993) - Saboteur: Hitchcock Set Free
  23. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 304
  24. American Cinematographer (1993) - Saboteur: Hitchcock Set Free
  25. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock (1983) by Donald Spoto, page 359
  26. Variety (31/12/1941) - L.A. to N.Y.

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