Alfred Hitchcock

Charles Barr (St. Mary's College)
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Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in East London on 13th August 1899, the third and youngest child of Catholic parents; his father ran a flourishing fruit and vegetable business. He left school at 14, on his father's death, and worked as a clerk for an engineering firm, meanwhile taking evening classes in draughtsmanship. At 18, already overweight, he failed his Army medical. At 20, he entered the film industry, working for a London-based American company as a designer of the title-cards which were an integral part of silent film narrative. When a new English company, Gainsborough, took over the studio in early 1923, he branched out quickly into script-writing, set design, and finally direction. His first film,

The Pleasure Garden

, was shot in 1925 in a Munich studio under an Anglo-German…

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Citation: Barr, Charles. "Alfred Hitchcock". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2004 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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