- article: Misdirection in Fits and Starts: Alfred Hitchcock's Popular Reputation and the Reception of His Films
- author(s): Seth Friedman
- journal: Quarterly Review of Film and Video (14/Mar/2012)
- issue: volume 29, issue 1, page 76
- journal ISSN: 1050-9208
- keywords: "A Long Hard Look at Psycho" - by Raymond Durgnat, "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light" - by Patrick McGilligan , "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light" - by Patrick McGilligan, "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Hitchcock Film" - by Will Schmenner, "Find the Director and Other Hitchcock Games" - by Thomas M. Leitch, "Hitchcock: Suspense, Humour and Tone" - by Susan Smith, "Hitchcock: The Making of a Reputation" - by Robert E Kapsis, "Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze" - by William Rothman, Alastair Sim, Alec Coppel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV), Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Lamb to the Slaughter, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Anthony Perkins, Bodega Bay, California, Cary Grant, Chicago, Illinois, Christopher Brookhouse, David Bordwell, François Truffaut, Gus Van Sant, Henry Slesar, Hitchcock Annual (1999) - Remaking: "Psycho", James Allardice, James Naremore, James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Janet Leigh, Joan Harrison, Joan Hawkins, John Fawell, John L. Russell, Kim Novak, Laura Mulvey, Lew Wasserman, Lifeboat (1944), Linda Williams, MacGuffin, Margaret Herrick Library, Marlene Dietrich, Motion picture directors & producers, Motion picture industry, Motion pictures, New York City, New York, Norman Lloyd, North by Northwest (1959), Notorious (1946), Paramount Pictures, Patricia Hitchcock, Patrick McGilligan, Pierre Boileau, Psycho (1960), Random House, Raymond Bellour, Raymond Durgnat, Rear Window (1954), Rebecca (1940), Richard Allen, Richard Todd, Roald Dahl, Robert Burks, Robert Stam, Roger O. Thornhill, Rope (1948), Sabotage (1936), Screen (1975) - Visual pleasure and narrative cinema, Selwyn Jepson, Seth Friedman, Sidney Gottlieb, Stage Fright (1950), Susan Smith, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV), The Birds (1963), The Trouble with Harry (1955), Thomas M. Leitch, Thomas Narcejac, To Catch a Thief (1955), Toby Miller, Tom Helmore, Universal Studios, Vertigo (1958), Whitfield Cook, Will Schmenner, William Rothman
From his earliest days in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock used almost every publicity opportunity as a means both to establish his reputation as the premier maker of suspense films and to disassociate himself from films that depend on surprise. In 1946, just six years after the release of Rebecca (1940), Hitchcock's first Hollywood film, William B. Hawks, brother of legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks, contacted a number of the industry's leading directors to request that they contribute to a proposed anthology entitled Their Magic Wand. The book was to be comprised of fifteen chapters, each written by a filmmaker who was closely associated with a particular type of film.