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Savoy Hotel, London

The Savoy Hotel is a luxury hotel located on the Strand in the City of Westminster in central London.

It was built by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte with profits from his Gilbert and Sullivan operas and opened on 6 August 1889.

Hitchcock's Films

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Hitchcock had intended to film the scenes of the McKennas' Savoy hotel room at Forbes House, but ended up filming them back on the Paramount sound stage.

Other Links to Hitchcock

The hotel has several other links to Hitchcock:

  • In May 1923, a press party was held at the Savoy to welcome American actress Betty Compson to England, prior to the filming of Woman to Woman and The White Shadow.[1]
  • On 6th August 1930, Hitchcock was one of 300 invited guests at a luncheon at the hotel to honour pilot Amy Johnson.
  • According to Hugh Stewart, Hitchcock treated members of the cast and crew to a meal at the Savoy during the filming of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934).[2]
  • At an ceremony held in the Savoy on 23rd January 1935, the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers awarded Hitchcock a gold medal of merit for "finest film of the year made in Britain", The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934).
  • Whilst on his first visit to America, Hitchcock told New York journalists that he would be taking U.S. recipes back to the chefs at the Savoy Grill.[3]
  • Hitchcock likely stayed at the Savoy during filming on Under Capricorn (1949), as he and Ingrid Bergman were photographed there in July 1948.
  • During the London-based filming for Stage Fright (1950), the Hitchcocks stayed at the hotel. They arrived there in early May 1949.[4]

Image Gallery

Images from the Hitchcock Gallery (click to view larger versions or search for all relevant images)...


Notes & References

  1. Motion Picture News (May/1923) - Pictures and People
  2. Hitchcock: The Early Years (1999) - transcript
  3. Maryland Daily News (08/Sep/1937) - In New York
  4. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan