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RMS Queen Mary

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the Hitchcocks aboard the Queen Mary in March 1939

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line.

The Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg, and New York City.

The liner was officially retired from service in 1967 and made her final voyage from Southampton on 31st October. She sailed to the port of Long Beach, California, United States, where she remains permanently moored.

The liner had several links to director Alfred Hitchcock:

  • The Hitchcocks, along with Joan Harrison, travelled from Southampton on 18/Aug/1937 to New York.[1]
  • The Hitchcocks returned to the U.S. the following year, departing from Southampton on 01/Jun/1938. Whilst in America, Hitchcock signed a contract with David O. Selznick.[2]
  • Along with Joan Harrison, the Hitchcocks left England and moved to America in March 1939. They sailed from Southampton on 04/Mar/1939.
  • After completing filming on Stage Fright in London, Hitchcock returned to America from Southampton on 22/Sep/1949.
  • The Hitchcocks travelled from New York to Europe in October 1955 to oversee the foreign dubbing of The Trouble with Harry. They arrived into Southampton on 24/Oct/1955.
  • Following the success of Psycho, Hitchcock considered a number of projects, including The Blind Man which would end with a chase scene on the liner.

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Notes & References

  1. They returned from New York aboard the MV Georgic.
  2. They returned to England aboard the SS Normandie, which departed New York on 13/Jul/1938.