This post is part of my Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon 2017. Check out the other posts in this blogathon here.
Alfred Hitchcock was a master filmmaker – that’s something no one can deny. His skills as a director merged with great scripts, great actors, and great music to make some of the best films ever. While there are lots and lots of things I could chose to talk about today, I decided to list a few of my favorite Hitchcock characters. All of my favorite books and movies have one thing in common – awesome characters – and Hitchcock’s movies are no exception.
Let’s get started!
Favorite Hitchcock Heroes
-Gilbert Redman (The Lady Vanishes): There are many, many good things about The Lady Vanishes (I can still hum that special tune), but Gilbert is one of the best. He’s handsome and funny and helpful and brave – everything a good hero should be.
-T.R. Devlin (Notorious): Cary Grant is one of my least favorite actors, but Notorious is one of only two movies where I do more than tolerate him; I actually kinda love him. (The other film is Room for One More.) Sure, he’s a jerkface for most of the movie, but I think it might be partly because he finds himself falling in love with Alicia, and he thinks nothing good can come of it. And when he rescues her… *heart-eyes*
-Mitch Brenner (The Birds): Hitchcock favored his villains over his heroes, so it was actually a bit hard for me to come up with a third hero. I finally settled on Mitch because he’s very capable and level-headed during so much of the terror and *cough* Rod Taylor’s pretty handsome.
Favorite Hitchcock Heroines
-Iris Henderson (The Lady Vanishes): Hurrah for strong female characters! Iris is an awesome heroine in her search for Miss Froy and in her general demeanor and strength of character. One of my favorite female protagonists in classic film.
-Alicia Huberman (Notorious): Alicia is such a brave woman and I admire her, despite her checkered past. I mean, she even goes so far as to marry Alex Sebastian to gather more information about his evil plots. Ingrid Bergman is a luminous presence onscreen, and I’ll be talking more about her performance as Alicia later on this month for the Ingrid Bergman blogathon.
-Lisa Fremont (Rear Window): First, Grace Kelly. Secondly, Edith Head’s gorgeous costumes. And thirdly (and most importantly), Lisa is the BOSS. She goes out and does a lot of the fieldwork for Jeff, even going so far as to enter the bad guy’s apartment in the search for the truth. She’s a wonderful character.
Favorite Hitchcock Villains (here be spoilers)
-Dr. Murchison (Spellbound): I know Leo G. Carroll best as the kindly Mr. Waverly from The Man From UNCLE TV show, so it’s always a half surprise for me to see him playing such a villainous character. But Carroll pulls it off and Dr. Murchison is one of the most sinister villains (I think) in the Hitchcock canon.
-Phillip Vandamm (North by Northwest): It’s James Mason, people. You can’t beat that. Again, I’m more familiar with his role as a good guy in Journey to the Centre of the Earth, but he makes for a suave, polished, utterly dangerous villain in North by Northwest. He’s one of my favorite things about the film.
-Bruno Antony (Strangers on a Train): Bruno is a fascinating villain and I think, in some ways, he’s the the prototype for ca-raaaaazy villains like Jim Moriarty or the Joker, even. He’s just…wow. Really insane and intense and sort of weird. Still, he’s a fun baddie to watch.
Who are some of your favorite characters from Hitchcock’s films?