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Image: Alfred Hitchcock with Bryson Rash and Eric Johnston
Alfred Hitchcock with Bryson Rash of NBC (left) and Eric Johnston, head of the Motion Picture Association of America (right), March 14, 1963. Photo by Walter Gold. National Press Club Archives

Alfred Hitchcock, March 14, 1963

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) drew the largest National Press Club audience in three years—since French President Charles de Gaulle had spoken there in 1960—when he lectured at a luncheon two weeks prior to the premiere of his 48th feature film, The Birds. Renowned worldwide as cinema’s supreme “master of suspense,” Hitchcock clearly was enjoying the spotlight of fame as he arrived in Washington on a publicity tour for the new film. The British-born director had come to Hollywood in the late 1930s already acknowledged as the world’s “master of melodrama and specialist in the shriek,” in the words of an admiring critic. By the time of his Press Club appearance, Hitchcock had achieved top celebrity status due in large part to his droll appearances on his popular television series and the enormous worldwide success of his most recent thriller, Psycho.... More [PDF; 156 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-04:10
Speech: 04:11-23:42
Q & A: 23:43-32:18

Topics of the Talk

  • Advertising on Television: 14:52-16:22; 24:16-24:31
  • Favorite Hitchcock Film: 27:50-28:30
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