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'She's the sexy type but terribly hard' [Archive]

'She's the sexy type but terribly hard' [Archive] by HITCHCOCK, Alfred; Pat Hitchcock (1950)
Author: HITCHCOCK, Alfred; Pat Hitchcock
Title: 'She's the sexy type but terribly hard' [Archive]
Year: 1950
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Los Angeles
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £1500
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(20x25cm) Five letters - and photographs - from Alfred Hitchcock's daughter Patricia including her own contemporaneous account of the much debated moment from the filming of Strangers on a Train 'out at Chatsworth [California] on night location for the fairground sequences. It was freezing cold. I went out one night to visit them and rode all the rides like the Ferris Wheel and the Whip Ride, the still man got me stuck with the two boys who go round with 'Miriam' [Laura Elliott] on the top of the ferris wheel and took some stills'. 'Patty' Hitchcock also provides some superbly bitchy verdicts on her father's cast: 'The boys Farley [Granger] and Bob [Walker] are going to be just wonderful. I'm not so sure about Ruth Roman. She's the sexy type but terribly hard and by no means "a lady"'!'

The collection comprises five autograph letters (two with envelopes); one typed letter and three cards from Pat Hitchcock which she sent to her British friend, Peter Halliday. (A successful actor, Halliday got to know Patty and through her became friendly with Hitch, Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton.) The letters are shot through with insights into her father at work as in the key letter of December 1950 which was written while Pat Hitchcock was herself working on Strangers on a Train: 'The picture is really a "blood and sweat" toil. The front office at Warners is just impossible. Ruth [Roman] is turning out to be quite tough to get anything out and Farley [Granger] is just - well Farley. Bob Walker is magnificent. It'll be his picture and I'm so glad'. A later letter discusses Alan Ladd and the fact that 'Hitch has bought another car. A Chevrolet. We've left it in New York...' Life in Los Angeles for Pat Hitchcock wasn't all work (and being terrorised by her father): 'Last Monday I went to see "As You Like It" with Katherine Hepburn and guess who was playing Audrey? - Sybil Baker -!... The rest of the show was dreadful. Hepburn was charming but hardly Rosalind.'

The collection also includes eight silver gelatin large format photographs, no doubt given to Halliday by Pat Hitchcock. Two of the images show Alfred Hitchcock on a film set: in the first Hitch stands talking to Joseph Cotton (probably during the making of Under Capricorn) and in a second image he is giving direction, next to an immense film camera. In the third image Hitchcock sits next to Cotton's co-star Ingrid Bergman while a middle aged man opposite, Charlie Chaplin(?), signs a book for them - damage to this image along the left side. There are four vintage photographs of the extended Hitchcock family stamped 'CBS Photo Gabor Rona' showing Hitch with his wife Alma, his daughter Pat and son-in-law Joseph O'Connell and their family. Finally a publicity shot of the glamorous young Patricia Hitchcock, copyright Warner Bros and stamped 'Bill Doll and Company' overleaf.

Additionally the Memorial Requiem Mass for Alfred Hitchcock, June 2, 1980, Westminster Cathedral, running order. (VAT @ 20% will be billed to customers in the UK and EU only.)
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