Hitchcock Chronology: 1974
Month by Month
- Writer Ernest Lehman completes an initial draft of Deceit (later retitled Family Plot).
- 29th - The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York, hold a gala tribute to Hitchcock. In his address, the director ends by saying "They tell me that a murder is committed every minute, so I don't want to waste any more of your time. I know you want to get to work. Thank you."
- The Hitchcocks celebrate their 75th birthdays at a special party organised by Lew Wasserman at Chasen's Restaurant. Among the guests are Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Paul Newman and François Truffaut.
- Ernest Lehman submits a revised treatment for Deceit, followed by by a revised script a few weeks later.
- Hitchcock suffers a heart attack and is fitted with a pacemaker at the UCLA hospital.
- Ill health continues to dog Hitchcock — fever, colitis, kidney stones, arthritis and the first of several falls. Work on Deceit is put on hold whilst the director recovers.
Notes & References
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 720-21
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 721
- Film Comment (1974) - Hitchcock
- The Encyclopedia of Alfred Hitchcock (2002) by Thomas M. Leitch, page 100
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 722