The Hitchcock Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Vertigo (1958) 17
Rear Window (1954) 9
North by Northwest (1959) 8
Strangers on a Train (1951) 7
Notorious (1946) 5
Rope (1948) 4
The Birds (1963) 3
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 2
The 39 Steps (1935) 2
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) 2
Psycho (1960) 2
Spellbound (1945) 1
The Mountain Eagle (1926) 1
The Trouble with Harry (1955) 1
The Lodger (1927) 1
Rebecca (1940) 1
Frenzy (1972) 1
Rich and Strange (1931) 0
Number Seventeen (1932) 0
Waltzes from Vienna (1934) 0
Mary (1931) 0
The Skin Game (1931) 0
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) 0
Murder! (1930) 0
Juno and the Paycock (1930) 0
An Elastic Affair (1930) 0
Downhill (1927) 0
The Ring (1927/I) 0
Easy Virtue (1928) 0
The Farmer's Wife (1928) 0
Champagne (1928) 0
Blackmail (1929) 0
The Pleasure Garden (1925)0
The Manxman (1929) 0
Sound Test for Blackmail (1929) 0
Secret Agent (1936) 0
Sabotage (1936) 0
Under Capricorn (1949) 0
Stage Fright (1950) 0
I Confess (1953) 0
Dial M for Murder (1954) 0
To Catch a Thief (1955) 0
The Wrong Man (1956) 0
Family Plot (1976) 0
Marnie (1964) 0
The Paradine Case (1947) 0
Lifeboat (1944) 0
Aventure malgache (1944) 0
Young and Innocent (1937) 0
The Lady Vanishes (1938) 0
Jamaica Inn (1939) 0
Foreign Correspondent (1940) 0
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) 0
Suspicion (1941) 0
Saboteur (1942) 0
Bon Voyage (1944) 0
Torn Curtain (1966) 0


kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 01:44 (thirteen years ago) link

vertigo>psyco>rear window>north by nortwest>birds>shadow of a doubt>39 steps>strangers on a train> a man who knew too much(1956)>the rest.
or something.

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 01:50 (thirteen years ago) link

It's hard, because he made so many different KINDS of movies. Rear Window is my favorite, because it seems in the middle, both production-wise and ideology-wise, of the big Hollywood movies and the clever-clever low art.

Psycho is easily the best "b-movie" of all time.

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 01:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Dun think I seen anything b'fore Rope.

Film Threat to thread, tho.

libcrypt, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 01:53 (thirteen years ago) link

vertigo is not his "perfect" movie, it's too long, but it's his deepest,richest, and timeless, imo.

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 01:54 (thirteen years ago) link

39 Steps, but it could have been Rear Window, The Wrong Man, Strangers on a Train or Vertigo.

C0L1N B..., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Rear Window > Vertigo > Notorious > 39 Steps > Psycho > Rope > Strangers on a Train > I don't care to rank much else

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kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Voted pragmatically and went with Rear Window, though it kills me to not vote for Vertigo, The Wrong Man, The Lady Vanishes, the two Tippi Hedren ones, et al.

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I have never seen The Wrong Man. I will.

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:15 (thirteen years ago) link

It's great, dour and with surprising gravitas. That and I Confess.

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:18 (thirteen years ago) link

ok, about The Birds... dumb monster movie or great monster movie?

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:19 (thirteen years ago) link

dumb in the mute sense, yeah

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:19 (thirteen years ago) link

great in every other sense

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:20 (thirteen years ago) link

The Birds is great!

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horseshoe, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:20 (thirteen years ago) link

no, I thin kit's great, too, II guess I'm wondering if it's dumb just because it is, essentially, a monster movie. And Hitch does not reforn the genre, he adheres to it nicely.

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:22 (thirteen years ago) link

i once did a work during my studies about the story-board as used in "shadow of doubt": hitch new how to get into details i tell you.

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:24 (thirteen years ago) link

hitch shot from his storyboards and nothing else, if you believe the stories.

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Strangers On A Train, which has his least ridiculous plot, a couple of good supporting performances (by Ms. Hitchcock and Ruth Roman), homo overtones, and a crackling script.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

and he knew perfectly how the scene would go before the actual shooting, all was in his head, if you believe the stories

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

OH GOD I MISSED Notorious! Can I retract??

Also: can anyone tell me if the seventies films are worth the trouble?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

frenzy is great,one of his best really, family plot havent seen though heard not such good thing

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:29 (thirteen years ago) link

x2 yes

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, Family Plot is totally fun. I haven't forced myself to watch Topaz yet, tho.

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:38 (thirteen years ago) link

... which isn't in this poll, unsurprisingly

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:39 (thirteen years ago) link

I feel like waiting until Redacted comes out to to my inevitable Brian De Palma poll.

Eric H., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Strangers On A Train, which has his least ridiculous plot

That's not true. All his plots are "ridiculous."

But "crackling" is a good word for the dialogue, for sure.

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:40 (thirteen years ago) link

'Strangers...'

god it rocks so hard.

pisces, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:40 (thirteen years ago) link

All plots are ridiculous.

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:41 (thirteen years ago) link

The thing about Strangers is that it might be his MOST ridiculous movie... the end scene of the merry go round? Come on, that's just silliness. But it's great.

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:44 (thirteen years ago) link

But Strangers... does the wrong-man anxiety with greater ease than North By Northwest and, er, The Wrong Man (or earlier films like Foreign Correspondent and The 39 Steps). By tapping into the horror of the most banal circumstance -- how talking to a creepy stranger who buys you an expensive lunch and won't leave you alone -- he comes closest to defining what life must be like in a police-state.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:47 (thirteen years ago) link

like douglas sirk, he worked in hollywood most of the the time, so he had to fit to the genres rules, but he liked it probably, and it made his films as great and popular as they are.

Zeno, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:48 (thirteen years ago) link

*talking to a creepy stranger who buys you an expensive lunch and won't leave you alone can lead to the most absurd mix-up.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:48 (thirteen years ago) link

*and is gay

kenan, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 02:49 (thirteen years ago) link

i voted for notorious (=most perfect hollywood movie ever), but vertigo is the best.

J.D., Tuesday, 4 September 2007 03:14 (thirteen years ago) link

too many defensible candidates to make a rational choice, so i went with most fun. (i.e. north by northwest)

tipsy mothra, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 03:58 (thirteen years ago) link

(strangers on a train and vertigo are probably the MOST defensible, but really there's an embarrassment of options.)

tipsy mothra, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 04:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i voted for notorious (=most perfect hollywood movie ever), but vertigo is the best.

this is correct!

horseshoe, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 04:08 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Wednesday, 5 September 2007 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

The Birds is actually ABOUT THE HUMAN CHARACTERS, shhhhhh

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 6 September 2007 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Too hard. My brain is exploding.

Tom D., Thursday, 6 September 2007 13:31 (thirteen years ago) link

nbnw

DavidM, Thursday, 6 September 2007 13:48 (thirteen years ago) link

I wonder if anyone alive has seen The Pleasure Garden.

Alba, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:20 (thirteen years ago) link

It's great, dour and with surprising gravitas.

Hm. The Wrong Man I found pretty good, certainly dour, and with a disappointing ending title card. Not that I wish harm on the woman, but that card took the air out of the scene before it. But it was very pretty and had Henry Fonda.

kenan, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:36 (thirteen years ago) link

The end card is the most obvious Studio Imposition ever, and so I just pretend it isn't there.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

(oh - maybe 2d most-obv to the framing scenes of Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Strangers On A Train for me. The first Hitchcock film I ever saw and still my favourite.

I saw Torn Curtain one afternoon years ago, I think I was home from school "ill". I remember being surprised at how violent it was. For a film on at 2 in the afternoon, anyway.

nate woolls, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Dr Morbius - what are your favorites?

humansuit, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:57 (thirteen years ago) link

birds foreva

Surmounter, Thursday, 6 September 2007 15:01 (thirteen years ago) link

rope and vertigo are my favorites

and what, Thursday, 6 September 2007 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link

Too many to name, but I make a habit of Vertigo, Rear Window, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Frenzy, Psycho, North by Northwest, the second Man Who Knew Too Much, Birds, Marnie, 39 Steps, Lady Vanishes, Sabotage, Foreign Correspondent. (Few duds aside from Topaz and Torn Curtain.)

and let's not forget "Lamb to the Slaughter."

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 6 September 2007 15:05 (thirteen years ago) link

the way he often remarks on Devlin's looks makes me wonder if HE's got the hots for Dev and is worried Alicia will catch on.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 January 2015 18:37 (six years ago) link

IMO, subject to change at a moment's notice:

best of the best of the best
Notorious
Psycho
Rear Window
Shadow of a Doubt

next best of the best
North by Northwest
Rope
Vertigo

by anyone else, a masterpiece
The 39 Steps
Blackmail
Dial "M" for Murder
Family Plot
The Lady Vanishes
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Sabotage
Suspicion

flawed but great
The Birds
Frenzy
I Confess
Lifeboat
The Lodger
Rebecca
The Ring
Stage Fright
Strangers on a Train
The Trouble with Harry
To Catch a Thief
The Wrong Man
Young and Innocent

good
Foreign Correspondent
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Marnie (sorry, auteurists!)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Murder!
Rich and Strange
Secret Agent
Spellboard
Under Capricorn

hmmm...
Jamaica Inn
The Manxman
Saboteur
Torn Curtain

not good
Topaz (oof)

haven't seen… all the others

I dunno. (amateurist), Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:38 (six years ago) link

Rear Window really is the best of the best of the best. On that, everyone can agree.

Eric H., Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:43 (six years ago) link

Family Plot is a better film than Frenzy?

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:46 (six years ago) link

I have a creeping affection for the creepy Under Capricorn.

And I am about to rewatch The Secret Agent with Gielgud and Lorre. Ta!

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:50 (six years ago) link

now rank his directed TV episodes. "Lamb to the Slaughter" and "The Crystal Trench" come to mind.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 25 January 2015 23:51 (six years ago) link

those are good

i can't quite figure out why "breakdown" seems the hip hitchcock TV episode to cite these days. it's effectively disturbing but kind of crude.

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 26 January 2015 00:05 (six years ago) link

speaking of crude, "bang! you're dead" is a fun one

I dunno. (amateurist), Monday, 26 January 2015 00:06 (six years ago) link

"Lamb to the Slaughter" I read in high school sophomore English.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 26 January 2015 00:07 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

I forgot how garrulous and moldy Dial M For Murder is. It would have taken a stronger actor than Ray Milland and his terrible accent to redeem this stagebound material. Talk, talk, talk.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 22:59 (six years ago) link

spatially it's quite nice

(dont think ive ever watched in 2D)

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:04 (six years ago) link

yes the negotiations of space among Milland, the police inspector and Cummings in that apartment is shrewd in its way.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:05 (six years ago) link

also like the conceit that it's a sequel to Strangers on a Train

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:06 (six years ago) link

I kept thinking what would Preminger have done with this material and remembered Bunny Lake is Missing.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 February 2015 23:06 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

Just rewatced Dial M for Murder for the first time since high school. Not a great Hitch, but maybe a pretty good episode of Columbo. Why this was his foray into 3D is puzzling, though, given how this may be one of his least visually dazzling films.

Bitch I'm in the 2112 (cryptosicko), Thursday, 31 December 2015 05:09 (five years ago) link

the use of the 3D is kinda the point and i can't really name a 3D film i prefer.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 December 2015 05:58 (five years ago) link

four months pass...

I wonder if the final title card for The Wrong Man was forced upon Hitchcock (or if it was even possible to force something on Hitchcock in 1957). It's jarringly false, although the film is allegedly based on a true story, so maybe that's what actually happened. Anyway, take that title card away, and wow, what a depressing ending (admirably so). Reminded me in an odd way of Carrie's ending. Fascinating as a '50s film: one anonymous man in a gray flannel suit has his life turned upside down by another man in a gray flannel suit, wife understands the pointless of it all and sinks into clinical melancholy.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2016 01:20 (four years ago) link

I recognized Werner Klemperer, but had no idea that was Tuesday Weld and Bonnie Franklin as the girls, and Harry Dean Stanton I completely missed.

clemenza, Monday, 23 May 2016 03:12 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

I love any Hitchcock poll that doesn't put Vertigo on top.

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Monday, 3 July 2017 13:25 (three years ago) link

who gives a fuck what's best? Vertigo is great, so is Notorious, Rear Window etc. Enjoy.

Ingrid is put through some p kinky stuff in the overly maligned Under Capricorn.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Monday, 3 July 2017 13:29 (three years ago) link

I have it in queue at the public library (it's been checked out for two weeks, funnily enough).

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 3 July 2017 13:33 (three years ago) link

xp Counterpoint: Topaz is not great. But Frenzy is.

Old Lynch's Sex Paragraph (Phil D.), Monday, 3 July 2017 15:08 (three years ago) link

who gives a fuck what's best? Vertigo is great, so is Notorious, Rear Window etc. Enjoy.

This. Dude has at least six or seven hard-red masterpieces. I don't care if you prefer one over the other. Just prefer a few of them and we're good.

Anne of the Thousand Gays (Eric H.), Monday, 3 July 2017 15:20 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

I wanted to like Stage Fright a lot (Jane Wyman is great) but man, what a mess. Or just confusing? I do have the urge to watch it again - at some point - unlike the bottom 5 or 6 of the 32 Hitchcock movies I've seen.

flappy bird, Sunday, 15 April 2018 03:31 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Some howlers in the subtitles for Murder!, such as NEWS CUP IN JAR for New Scotland Yard.

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 27 July 2019 23:11 (one year ago) link

Forgot about Michael Powell working on Blackmail

U or Astro-U? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 July 2019 12:10 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

so how's Stage Fright? Been too long.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:15 (one year ago) link

Talking on twitter recently to the chap responsible for the great big 600-page Hitch Taschen book and he recommended Young and Innocent as a lesser-known classic. I've never heard of it! Can't wait to check it out now though.

piscesx, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:44 (one year ago) link

Young and Innocent is grebt. Don’t won’t to say much more to avoid spoilers.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:12 (one year ago) link

Now I want to buy this book Hitchcock’s Music.

Something Super Stupid Cupid (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:16 (one year ago) link

Stage Fright is OK--Jane Wyman's attempt at an English accent is really rough, but Dietrich is great and Wyman is too otherwise, it's solid lower-middle tier Hitchcock imo.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:42 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

I've warmed to Shadow of a Doubt, despite the script's overemphatic small town Americana and the way Teresa Wright gives every line the expected stresses.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:33 (one week ago) link

the script's overemphatic small town Americana

Wasn't the script literally written by Thornton Wilder? Anyway, it's a great one, and a great (early-ish) Joseph Cotton role.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 22 February 2021 21:36 (one week ago) link

Yep.

Cotton is well-cast.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:37 (one week ago) link

*Cotten

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

Feel like the relationship between the two Charlies is the apex/epitome of Hitchcock "doubling."

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:44 (one week ago) link

Did you ever watch Stage Fright, Alfred? flappy bird's assessment is pretty accurate.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:50 (one week ago) link

a meh

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:55 (one week ago) link

Yeah. I remember exactly one line from it, when Dietrich wanted to tart up her widow's weeds.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:57 (one week ago) link

Which I see I mentioned upthread ten years ago. Time flies.

The Hitchcock Poll

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 22 February 2021 22:07 (one week ago) link

Teresa Wright the GOAT. I actually think she gave a better performance in the Hitchcock Presents episode she did, "Lonely Place" or something, Bruce Dern is in it. it's on streaming sites that are not youtube that are easy to find. Absolutely astonishing performance. Frankly last time I watched SOAD I thought she was a bit too gee-shucks for some of it, but it's necessary for the incest subtext

flappy bird, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 06:44 (one week ago) link

who gives a fuck what's best? Vertigo is great, so is Notorious, Rear Window etc. Enjoy.

Right as usual, Morbs.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:15 (one week ago) link

You can enjoy the movies AND enjoy discussing what's best!

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:18 (one week ago) link

"no need to argue about movies when we can all enjoy our different favorites without conflict"

LOL who posted that and what did they do with morbs

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:35 (one week ago) link

Lol, exactly.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:56 (one week ago) link

Although truth be told, that seems to be a classic flanking maneuver that I believe he employed upon more than one occasion.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 17:55 (one week ago) link

It had been so long since I last saw "Rebecca" that I not only forgot so much of it *doesn't* take place at the house, but I forgot basically the last half hour deviates from the Gothic stuff entirely and becomes kind of the George Sanders show.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:39 (one week ago) link

ha yeah, i always forget about that part too, and then when it comes its like a whole extra bonus movie!

watched marnie last night for the first time in a couple decades and man, is that movie such a bizarre misfire. i was enjoying the first two thirds or so just watching these two characters who initially seem super cool and sexy and together, and then the layers get peeled back until we eventually see that theyre both completely twisted walking disaster areas - almost reminded me of phantom thread, love story between two deeply warped people whose pathologies nevertheless complement each other. but as the freudian stuff takes over more and more it just gets so goofy. at the end my partner was like "oh so she bonked bruce dern on the head, big deal", which made me lol in agreement.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:20 (one week ago) link


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