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River Thames, London

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Bergman and Hitchcock

The River Thames flows through southern England. It is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom, after the River Severn. While it is best known for flowing through London, the river also flows alongside other towns and cities, including Oxford, Reading, Henley-on-Thames, and Windsor.

For a publicity photoshoot in October 1948, Alfred Hitchcock was photographed showing actress Ingrid Bergman around various locations in London, including the banks of the Thames.

Hitchcock's Films

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

The opening scenes showing the discovery of a murder victim were filmed on the Thames Embankment.

According to author Gary Giblin, the sequence was filmed on the Whitehall Steps and Westminster Bridge is visible in the background.[1]

The Daily Mail reported in February 1926 that Hitchcock was scouting for filming locations in the area around the Embankment.[2]

Blackmail (1929)

As Alice White wanders around London in a daze after the murder, Hitchcock includes a God's eye view of the Palace of Westminster, River Thames and London County Hall.

Frenzy (1972)

The film begins with a travelogue-style flight along the Thames, taking in Tower Bridge and ending with an approach to London County Hall, where a politician's speech is interrupted by the discovery of a female corpse floating in the river.

As scholar Raymond Foery has noted, Hitchcock had initially intended to open the film with a sequence which followed the route of Regent's Canal and would end with the discovery of a woman's corpse in the canal. The choice of Regent's Canal provided a direct link with Hitchcock's own childhood, as it flowed close to where the Hitchcock family lived on Salmon Lane, Limehouse.[3][4]

For one of the film's trailers, a dummy of Hitchcock was floated in the river.

I dare say you are wondering why I am floating around London like this. I'm on the famous Thames river, investigating a murder. Rivers can be very sinister places and in my new film, Frenzy, this river you may say, was the scene of a very horrible murder.
 — Alfred Hitchcock

Film Frames

Selection of film frames: River Thames, London

Image Gallery

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


Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, pages 208-9.
  2. Daily Mail (24/Feb/1926) - New British Films
  3. Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy: The Last Masterpiece (2012) by Raymond Foery
  4. Wikipedia: Salmon Lane Lock