This was the decade when Hitchcock truly became a superstar – along with a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films he became the host of his own TV shows Alfred Hitchcock Presents (and later, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour), leading to a slew of merchandising deals that saw the creation of the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and a series of books for young adults, The Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Detectives series in which he appeared as himself.
But on top of that were the films themselves – Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo and North By Northwest are all rightly regarded as classics today, while the box office hits included the small-scale drama Dial M for Murder in 3D as well as the remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much starring James Stewart and Doris Day, who in it warbled her signature song, Que Sera, Sera. The quality of these releases was ensured by Hitchcock established a solid team behind the scenes including Composer Bernard Herrmann, production associate Herbert Coleman, screenwriter John Michael Hayes, cinematographer Robert Burks and editor George Tomasini, all of whom made enormous contributions.
Ho here you go – your chance to vote for your top TWO Hitchcock movies – and don’t forget, you can still votes for the polls covering his work in Britain during the 1920s, 1930s and his first decade in Hollywood during the 1940s.
And tomorrow we will close the first round of this Hitchcock Poll by considering the seven films he released in the 1960s and 70s, including his biggest ever hit, Psycho.