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15 Small Details And Titillating Tidbits Fans Shared About Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

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"A boy's best friend is his mother..."

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is not only an iconic horror pic that helped define the genre, but it also held sway over generations of fans while forever altering the film industry as a whole. Here are some interesting facts and trivia tidbits about the legendary film, its director, and its stars. 

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    Mother's Final Good-bye

    Posted by u/mrbill4:

    In Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), before the final scene of Marion's car getting towed out of the swamp, an image of Norman's dead mother is super imposed on top of him for a few frames to show that the mother side of his brain truly has taken full control of him.

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    Small Wardrobe Changes Reflect The Changes In Character

    Posted by u/ShaneMP01:

    In Psycho (1960), Marion’s bra changes from white (angelic) to black after she steals the $40,000 to show that she has done something wrong and evil. Similarly, her purse changes from white to black after she steals the money.

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    Small Hints To Mother's Fate

    Posted by u/brittanyelle:

    In Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), a lady in Sam's hardware store buys and discusses a pesticide brand, foreshadowing Norman's history of poisoning his mother with strychnine, a popular pesticide at the time.

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    'Psycho' Was The First Film To Adopt Set Movie Times

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    Prior to Psycho, some theaters would have no set start time for films and would just show movies on a loop, allowing audiences to dip in and out of the theater at their leisure.

    Alfred Hitchcock thought it was important that people see Psycho from beginning to end so that the movie was not ruined by roaming audience members. To make sure the movie was seen correctly and not spoiled by late arrivals, Hitchcock created a set of rules for the film, including set movie times and a "no late entry" policy.

    It was the first film to use schedule start times, which became the industry standard and became movie-going etiquette.