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29 Things You Didn't Know About Your Favorite Hitchcock Movies

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1. Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel ‘Psycho’ anonymously from Robert Bloch for only nine grand. Then, he bought as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.

5. In the opening scene, Marion Crane wears a white bra, a symbol of her being "angelic". After she takes the money, she’s shown in a black bra to showcase her now “evil” side. Similarly, the color of her purse changes from white to black.

8. Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent, but Bernard Herrmann scored it anyway, and upon hearing it, Hitchcock immediately changed his mind.

11. The cast didn't even know how 'Psycho' ended, so to add to the mystery of who would eventually play "Mrs. Bates," Hitchcock had a canvas chair with "Mrs. Bates" placed prominently on set.

15. Hitchcock filmed Cary Grant's entrance into the United Nations building from across the street with a hidden camera. When he gets to the top of the stairs a man about to walk down does a double take upon seeing the actor.

16. While in her "Judy" costumes in ‘Vertigo’, Kim Novak did not wear a bra. She said it was an element of the Judy costuming that helped her feel much more comfortable as Judy than as Madeline, whose costumes were much more severe and stiff.

19. In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock was bitter about the commercial and critical failure of the film. He blamed this on James Stewart for "looking too old" to attract audiences any more.

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Hitchcock never worked with Stewart (previously one of his favorite collaborators) again.

20. When Kim Novak questioned Hitchcock about her motivation in a particular scene, the director is said to have answered, "Let's not probe too deeply into these matters, Kim. It's only a movie."

22. In May 2001, the son of 'The Birds' novelist Daphne Du Maurier reported that he and his wife were being terrorized by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in England.

23. When audiences left the film's UK premiere in London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.

27. For ‘Rope’, since the filming times were so long, everybody on the set tried their best to avoid any mistakes. At one point in the movie, the camera dolly ran over and broke a cameraman's foot, but to keep filming, he was gagged and dragged off.

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Another time, a woman puts her glass down but misses the table. A stagehand had to rush up and catch it before the glass hit the ground. Both parts are used in the final cut.