Hitchcock Chronology: 1951
Month by Month
- 25th - The Screen Directors' Playhouse broadcasts a radio adaptation of Spellbound, starring Joseph Cotten and Mercedes McCambridge. Hitchcock provides an introduction and linking narration.
- 29th - Scottish writer James Bridie, who worked with Hitchcock on The Paradine Case, Under Capricorn, and Stage Fright dies aged 63.
- At the end of March, the Hitchcocks embark on a two-month long European vacation with their daughter, Patricia. They ship their car ahead and collect it in Naples, with Alma driving the family to Capri, Rome (where they meet with Ingrid Bergman, Florence, Venice and Villa d'Este by the shores of Lake Como.
- 5th - Actor Edward Rigby, who played the role of Old Will in Young and Innocent, dies aged 72.
- The Hitchcocks continue their European vacation. Leaving Italy, they travel to Austria, visiting Innsbruck, then on to Germany, visiting Bavaria, Munich and Berlin. Finally, they visit Paris before ending their vacation in London.
- 9th - Actress Marie Ault, who played the role of the landlady (Mrs Bunting) in The Lodger, dies aged 80.
- 20th - The Hitchcock family fly into Montreal, Québec, Canada, from London aboard British Airways flight 601/377. They then tour Montreal and Quebec City — the latter would become the location for I Confess. Finally, the Hitchcocks drive down the Maine Coast to Boston and New York City, ending their two-month long vacation.
- 28th - Actor Robert Walker, who memorably played Bruno in Strangers on a Train, dies suddenly, aged only 32.
- Agent Leland Hayward tries to interest Hitchcock in buying the screen rights to Cornell Woolrich's short story "It Had to Be Murder". Hitchcock passes and options David Dodge's "To Catch a Thief" instead.
- 29th - Hitchcock is one of several interviewees who appears in the Focus on Hollywood episode broadcast on BBC Radio.
Notes & References
- Radio: Spellbound (Screen Directors' Playhouse, 25/Jan/1951)
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 454
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 454-55
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 455
- Writing with Hitchcock (2001) by Steven DeRosa, pages 14-15
- Focus on Hollywood (BBC Radio, 29/Oct/1951)