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Quit While You're AheadMale Reporter: "Mr. Hitchcock, you're the most famous director in the medium, but you're 60 years old. Shouldn't you just quit while you're ahead?"
This simple comment from a reporter, though likely not meant with any harm intended, gets under the skin of Alfred Hitchcock and inspires him to not let his age get the best of him on his pursuit to create possibly his best film yet.
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Faintishly EntertainingAlfred Hitchcock: "Anything come up, my dear? Anything at all?"
Peggy: "Nothing suitable. Is that water? Do I need to call Alma?"
Alfred Hitchcock: "Do whatever you want... Anthony Boucher says this book Psycho by Robert Bloch is faintishly entertaining."
Peggy: "Sounds ghastly, everyone in town's already passed."
Alfred Hitchcock: "And who's everyone, Peggy?"
Peggy: "Well, the story department finished the copy this morning."
Alfred Hitchcock: "This is about Ed Gein, the masked murderer from Wisconsin. Oh yeah, graphic elements of brutal violence, voyeurism, transvestitism and incest. Very nice, not your average run of the mill nut cases in here."
Peggy: "You're kidding?"
Alfred Hitchcock: "Peggy, this is the boy who dug up his own mother."
Looking for that next huge movie, Alfred Hitchcock speaks with his secretary Peggy about the book Psycho. While she thinks it's a bomb, especially since everyone else already passed it over, Hitchcock is inspired by the lengths the true story goes.
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CharmingAlma Reville: "It was the knife that, a moment later, cut off her scream and her head. Charming. Doris Day should do it as a musical."
Alma, Alfred Hitchcock's wife, read from the novel Psycho as the two discuss adapting the book into a film. Clearly Alma is being a bit sarcastic when she calls the horror story charming.
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Shooting the Shower SceneJanet Leigh: "I do have a concern or two. Well, I'm an actress of course but I'm first a wife and a mother and I'm just curious to know, um, how are you going to shoot this shower scene?"
Alma Reville: "Yes, you and the Sherlock office."
Janet Leigh: "It's only that, well from here up, I'm not exactly boyish."
Alfred Hitchcock: "Allow me to set your mind at rest, my dear. I will be shooting short bits of film from various angles, cut together the montage, will only suggest nudity, suggest violence. Nothing will actually be shown. But of course having you in the shower will make it all that more titillating."
Alma Reville: "Will you excuse me?"
Prior to starting production on "Psycho," Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma meet with leading lady Janet Leigh over dinner. As a mother, Janet has concerns over how the shower scene will be shown, something which Alfred assures her will only be an illusion. Not an illusion: Alma's destain for Alfred's appreciation of Janet.
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Think of the Shock ValueAlfred Hitchcock: "Just think of the shock value. Killing off the leading lady halfway through. I mean you are intrigued, are you not, my dear? Come on, admit it. Admit it."
Alma Reville: "Actually I think it's a huge mistake. You shouldn't wait till halfway through. Kill her off after 30 minutes."
Alfred Hitchcock: "Well..."
Alfred Hitchcock sees the potential buzz he could receive for killing off the leading lady of the film before the end. Wife Alma sees it too though, perhaps out of jealously, urges Alfred to kill her off sooner.
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Full SupportAlfred Hitchcock: "I'm under extraordinary pressures on this picture and the least you could do is give me your full support."
Alma Reville: "We've mortgaged our house! I celebrate with you when the reviews are good. I cry for you when they are bad and I put up with those people who look through me as if I were invisible because all they can see is the great and glorious genius Alfred Hitchcock."
When the going gets tough during the creation of "Psycho," Alfred seeks support from and explodes on wife Alma. She gives it right back though reminding him of all she does despite receiving little if anything in return.
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