In the 1930s Hitchcock hired a PR firm to get his name in the news and very soon he was cultivating the black humour and publicity gimmicks that would ultimately make him as well-known as the films he made.
During this decade he would make 13 films in all (if you count the German-language edition of Murder! released as Mary). The most successful were probably those made in collaboration with Charles Bennett, who had provided the play basis for Blackmail. They turned a Bulldog Drummond story into The Man Who Knew Too Much and radically re-fashioned stories by Conrad, Buchan and Maugham into very personal thrillers that were huge hits.
Having made one of the first really successful British sounds films with Blackmail, Hitchcock was also canny enough to shoot it as an alternate to the silent version he started with so that as many people as possible would see it. In the early 30s he made several different types of film as he re-established himself for the new sound medium. These included adaptation of John Galsworthy (The Skin Game) and Sean O’Casey (Juno and the Paycock) as well as the underrated social comedy Rich and Strange before embarking on that run of spy thrillers beginning with The Man Who Knew Too Much that would make his name and pave the way to Hollywood.
But which are your favourites? Don’t forget to to pick the two you like the best from the list below – and if you haven’t already, don’t forget to vote in the poll for the best 2 from his films released in the 1920 which I posted yesterday here. Then we move on to the 1940s and his first batch of Hollywood classics!
This poll will stay open for a week and I will provide all the results once we have reached the 1970s in a week’s time. Thanks for taking part.