The Hitchcocks That Never Were

Posted in Links at 2:04 pm by Sam

Back in Episode 21, we did a Top 6 Movies We’ll Never Be Able To See list, which discussed movies that were lost or never completed. When I made my list, I hadn’t seen this list of 13 aborted Alfred Hitchcock projects, or I’d probably have picked some of them. The list is interesting not so much for the plot synopses (which say little to nothing about how the finished film would have been) but Hitchcock’s stated reasons for why they didn’t get made.

Learning about stuff like this, especially from a director I love so much, is always interesting and a little sad — because, wow, some of those projects look great and might have turned into masterpieces. Ultimately, though, it’s hard to have any regrets. If Hitchcock had made No Bail For the Judge with Audrey Hepburn (a fascinating prospect), we wouldn’t have had Psycho. On the other hand, I’d have taken Mary Rose for Topaz in a heartbeat.


  1. joem18b (231) said,

    February 12, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Just watching Yi Yi. Edward Yang made it to great acclaim, the pinnacle of his career at age 53, was diagnosed with colon cancer, and lived seven more year, involved in a lot of projects, but never released another movie. Would have been good to see some of what he did during that time.

  2. amthomas (5) said,

    February 17, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I would have loved to see Hepburn and Hitch work together. But, I wonder if Audrey would have been too big a star for Hitch. It is my understanding, after reading Spoto’s book, that Hitch branded himself through his movies. When he made a movie his name would always appear front and center. I wonder if the studio would have allowed his name to be above Hepburn’s. I feel like she was untouchable at that point in her career.

  3. wintermute (157) said,

    February 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    “At that point in her career” = “Between 1922 and 1976″?

  4. amthomas (5) said,

    February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    HAHA, no, not that big of a time span. I’m talking about when the movie was going to be made, which according to the blog was 1959. I think Hepburn was just finished with her Nun movie and was, arguably, at the top of her game.

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