Alfred Hitchcock Self-Portrait Signed Drawing Sketch Autograph
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Alfred Hitchcock (English, 1899-1980), sketch on artist board signed 'Alfred Hitchcock'. The director's trademark self-portrait. This profile, as symbolically enduring as the classic movies Hitchcock made, is the log from the television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. There ere 266 episodes of this show which ran from 1955 till 1962. Comes with a 2001 Gallery sale clipping of a smaller example selling for $3750.
DIMENSIONS: Height 14 inches, Width 11 inches.
CONDITION: Some normal discoloration and marks throughout, drawing and signature very strong.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents:
Genre Anthology television series presented by famed thriller director Alfred Hitchcock. The original run was from 1955 to 1962 (half-hour episodes) and 1963 to 1965 (hour-long episodes, as The Alfred Hitchcock Hour), totalling over 200 episodes (of which fewer than two dozen were directed by Hitchcock himself).
Each episode was a self-contained mystery/thriller story, with Hitchcock appearing before and after to make introductory and closing remarks. Writers who either wrote episodes or had stories adapted for the series include Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Roald Dahl, Avram Davidson, Evan Hunter, Don Marquis, Richard Matheson, A. A. Milne, Ellis Peters, Dorothy L. Sayers and Cornell Woolrich.
Notably for the time, Hitchcock would openly mock the concept of commercials (as opposed to the actual products themselves) in his remarks with statements such as "Join us next week as we present another fine selection of exciting and informative commercials. Oh, and if there's time, we'll also try to squeeze in a story between them."
The acknowledged master of cinematic suspense, "Hitch" is one of the most famous directors of all time, if not the most famous. Most people have probably seen one of his films at some time. He was "Sir Alfred" for a brief four months before his death in 1980. He also produced and hosted the television anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents from 1955 to 1965, although he only actually directed a handful of the show's episodes. Many of his films are adaptations of novels or short stories. Made frequent use of the 'MacGuffin' and popularized the term.
Most people consider either Vertigo or Psycho to be his Magnum Opus, although Hitchcock himself regarded Shadow Of A Doubt as his personal best. North By Northwest and The Birds are also frequently cited as favorites among fans.
Played by Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock, a film by Sacha Gervasi, about the making of Psycho. Hopkins certainly looks the part.
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