We’re back with our third (and final?) Hitchcock film (Ollie: Good) 1943’s “Shadow of a Doubt!” Even though we’ve actually enjoyed each and every one of Hitch’s films, we’re ready to move on, away from the theme of “naive young woman gets taken in by a seemingly malevolent older man.”
In “Shadow of a Doubt” a naive young woman gets taken in by a . . . well, you get it. This is a big turning point for Hitchcock, though, as he finally settles in to small-town America and really brings the humor and charm that will stand as a contrast to the darkness in his films. Ollie and I really liked this one a lot!
Orson Welles! John Houseman! Aldous Huxley! Joan Fontaine! Uncredited Elizabeth Taylor! It’s a cavalcade of disparate talents as Ollie and I watch Robert Stevenson’s “Jane Eyre” from 1943! This rounds out our “Funtaine!” trilogy and ends on a bang. What have we learned? Don’t date creepy guys with secrets. Seems like a good lesson, really.
The Hitch is BACK, BABY! We’ve got another Hitchcock film and it brings back our favorite Joan Fontaine! In “Rebecca” Fontaine played a mousy young woman, swept away by a charming, if sinister, good looking man into a world where she began to feel like her life might be on the line. In “Suspicion” . . . that . . . that kinda happens, too.
Ollie and I pick apart the plot, characters and poor Beaky’s unusual and easily avoidable death. It’s 1941’s “Suspicion!”
Oh boy. We’re probably going to get dragged for this one, but we promised to be honest and, honestly, we found this one to be . . . difficult. To get through. It’s 1940’s “Fantasia!” Disney’s first big money loser! And, a favorite of people everywhere. Look, Ollie and I totally get why it’s amazing, but we also get that it’s not always well thought out. Or well paced. Or . . . interesting. I mean, just give it a listen, kay?
Ever feel like a nameless protagonist in your own story? Well, I bet *nameless protagonist* does! This week, Ollie and I cover our FIRST Alfred Hitchcock movie, 1940’s “Rebecca!” What’s with the creepy husband? What’s with the creepy mansion? What’s with the creepy housekeeper? Who knows?!