Themes - stairs
Hitchcock often used stairs as settings for major events of a film. When asked about it by Truffault, Hitchcock said, "Stairs are very photogenic."
- Number Seventeen (1932) - the first portion of the film is shot on a stairway.
- The 39 Steps (1935) — Pamela discovers that Richard Hannay is telling the truth when she stands at the top of a stairway and overhears the crooks.
- Suspicion (1941) - Johnnie carries the sinister glass of milk up a stairway
- Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - Uncle Charlie tries to kill Charlie by sawing through a step. Charlie later comes down the stairs wearing the incriminating ring, causing Charlie to decide to leave.
- Notorious (1946) - final scene
- Strangers on a Train (1951) - Guy going up the stairway to warn Bruno's father.
- Vertigo (1958) - the bell tower stairway is featured prominently
- Psycho (1960) - Arbogast's murder.
- Frenzy (1972) - the long tracking shot as the murder is being committed, finally reaching the street where the sound drowns out any screams.
- Family Plot (1976) - the final scene
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