Thursday, May 17, 2012
Hitchcock -- Club: Royal Auto -- May 17, 2012
This post is part of For the Love of Hitchcock, The Film Preservation Blogathon, hosted again this year by Ferdy on Films (http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/ -- Sunday, Monday) and The Self-Styled Siren (http://selfstyledsiren.blogspot.com/ -- Tuesday, Wednesday), along with Rod of This Island Rod (http://thisislandrod.blogspot.com/ Thursday, Friday).
I hope to contribute these articles this week:
Monday -- Dial HOllywood 9-2411 for Hitchcock
Tuesday -- Hitchcock -- Berdarold, Piccy, London
Wednesday -- Alfred Hitchcock, SRO, RKO, UA, Univ
Thursday -- Hitchcock -- Club: Royal Auto
Friday -- Hitchcock -- He Has Had a Non-Stop Career
Click on images to see larger versions. The image at the top of the page is a full-page ad from The 1963 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures.
Alfred Hitchcock was a rare creative artist in the movie business, but he had to function within the studio system for most of his career. I wanted to document the way he fit in. For this installment of the blogathon, I went through several yearbooks from the 1920s and 1930s and dug up some interesting references to Hitchcock.
Many industries publish annual books which describe the people who work in them and what they have accomplished. In the film industry, this was a useful way to determine whether someone who said he had worked for DW Griffth or CB DeMille really had. Some of these yearbooks and many other valuable resources are available in the Media History Digital Library (http://mediahistoryproject.org/).
The Film Daily, "The Daily Newspaper of Motion Pictures," a major source of news for the film industry, also published a yearbook starting around 1918.
The 1929 Motion Picture Almanac was published by The Exhibitors Herald-World.
Hitchcock's The Ring is listed with a couple of movies I have never heard of.
Jean Hersholt's ad has the most interesting portrait. I cannot make out the artist's signature. "Appointed by His Majesty King of Denmark to head Danish constellation of athletes competing in Olympic Games to be held in Los Angeles in 1932."
The ad for Mickey Mouse Sound Cartoons mentions that Disney was still using the Powers Cinephone system. Someone should write a book about Pat Powers.
Howard Hughes was promoting Hell's Angels.
Hitchcock's biographical entry has his year of birth wrong. It should be 1899.
A list og Gaumont-British releases includes The Woman Alone and "Alfred Hitchcock Production (Untitled)." The latter could have been The Girl Was Young/Young and Innocent or The Lady Vanishes. King Solomon's Mines with Paul Robeson and Dr Syn with George Arliss are the only other ones I have heard of.
The Disney ad features the boss along with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
An ad for Alliance Films mentions two directed by Graham Cutts, Aren't Men Beasts? and Radio Review of 1937.
Thank you to Ferdy on Films (http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/), The Self-Styled Siren (http://selfstyledsiren.blogspot.com/) and This Island Rod (http://thisislandrod.blogspot.com/) for organizing this blogathon. I'm having fun and learning.
Please consider donating to the National Film Preservation Foundation. For the Love of Film III is raising money to place The White Shadow, a 1923 Graham Cutts movie on which Alfred Hitchcock served as assistant director, on the internet for free viewing.