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The universally acknowledged "Master of Suspense," Alfred Hitchcock was born Aug. 13, 1899, to a London greengrocer and his wife, and died April 29, 1980, in Los Angeles.

After designing film titles for movie pioneer Jesse Lasky, Hitchcock landed his first directorial assignment in 1922 and, in the late 1930s, signed a contract with Hollywood producer David O. Selznick. This pairing, while occasionally stormy, resulted in some of the best psychological thrillers ever made.

In a career that spanned 50 years, Hitchcock directed such classics as multiple Oscar winner Rebecca, Vertigo (starring Jimmy Stewart), Notorious (with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman), North by Northwest and the hugely influential Psycho. Although he never won an Academy Award as Best Director, Hitchcock is cited as one of the greatest directorial influences filmmaking has ever known.

Alfred Hitchcock in North by Northwest

North by Northwest

1959 NR

What if everyone around you was suddenly convinced that you were a spy? This classic from master director Alfred Hitchcock stars Cary Grant as an advertising executive who looks a little too much like someone else and is forced to go on the lam (helped along by Eva Marie Saint). Hitchcock's sure-handed comic drama pits Grant against a crop duster and lands him in a fight for his life on Mount Rushmore -- a true cliffhanger if ever there was one.

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