Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Bloch, Bernard Hermann discussed on Classic Movie Musts
Now, it's time for our bus when the back lot segment and this week we have Hitchcock going to great lengths to conceal psychos dark secret. Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for only nine thousand dollars. He then bought as many copies of the novel as he could to try and keep the ending secret. When the cast and crew began work on the first day they had to raise their right hands and promise not today voltage, one word of the story, Hitchcock also withheld the ending part of the script from his cast until he needed to shoot it. Every theater that showed the film had a cardboard cutout installed in the lobby of Alfred Hitchcock pointing to his wristwatch with a note from the director saying the manager of this theater has been instructed at the risk of his life. Not to admit to the theatre any persons after the picture starts any spurious attempts. To enter by side, doors, fire escapes or ventilating shafts will be met by force the entire objective of this extraordinary policy. Of course is to help you enjoy psycho. Moore signed by Alfred Hitchcock, one of the reasons Hitchcock shot the movie in black and white was he thought it would be too gory in color. But the main reason was that he wanted to make the film as inexpensively as possible for potentially under one million dollars, which he ultimately was able to do Hitchcock was so pleased with the score written by Bernard Hermann that he doubled the composer salary to thirty four thousand five hundred and one dollars Hitchcock later said thirty three percent of the effect of psycho was due to the music paramount gave Hitchcock a very small budget to work with because of their distaste with the source material Hitchcock wanted to make this movie so much that he deferred his standard two hundred and fifty thousand. Dollars salary in lieu of sixty percent of the film's gross paramount believing that the film would do poorly at the box office. Agreed his personal earnings from the film exceeded fifteen million dollars adjusted for inflation that amount would be just nearly a hundred and thirty million dollars today for the shot looking up into the water stream of the shower. Head Hitchcock had six foot diameter shower head made up and blocked the central jets. So that the water sprayed in a cone past the camera lens without any water, spraying directly, add it. And speaking of that bathroom scene. Psycho is the first American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen Hitchcock himself. Hated the infamous psychiatrist explanation seen done by Dr Fred Richmond. Played by Simon Oakland at the end of the movie, he felt the scene was boring, and that the movie came to a grinding halt at this point the scene has also been ripped to shreds by critics over the years as the worst thing. In the movie and one of Hitchcock's were scenes, ever, both Hitchcock and viewers felt that the scene was unnecessary overly obvious and to talk slowing down the action. It's spent the rest of the movie, but there was strong pressure from the studios and powers that be that funded and distributed the movie to relieve the pressure from earlier scenes and also to explain the action to less inciteful audience members who might be confused by the big reveal at the end. So the scene was kept in the movies famous line. A boy's best friend is his mother was voted as the number fifty six movie quote of all time by AFI and the strings only music by Bernard Hermann is ranked as number four on AFI's one hundred years of film scores psycho is currently number fourteen on one hundred greatest movies of all time. That concludes our episode on psycho and our month of Alfred Hitchcock movies. I would love to hear what you think of this. Classic movie must and Hitchcock's work in general feel free to tweet at movie musts pod or E mail. Classic movie.