Monday: Mystery, Murder, and Manuscripts
In last Monday's post, Boo! I Scared You. (Surprise verses Suspense), I referenced a famous quote from the master of suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock. The quote drew a lot of comments so I went hunting for more advice from the master. What I found were some quotes that are just too good not to share.
"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder"
An actor, discussing his character, asked Hitchcock, "What is my motivation?"
Hitchcock replied, "Your salary."
An actress asked Hitchcock which was her better profile, left or right.
His reply: "My dear, you're sitting on your best profile."
His camera crew informed him that Tallulah Bankhead's habit of not wearing underpants was creating problems during the filming of Lifeboat.
Hitchcock: "I don't know if this is a matter for the costume department or the hairdresser."
A woman complained that the famous shower scene so frightened her daughter that the girl would no longer shower.
His reply: "Then Madam I suggest you have her dry cleaned."
"Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up."
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."
"Television has brought murder back into the home - where it belongs"
And the rest of these could easily apply to writing as well as film:
His mission in life: "to simply scare the hell out of people."
"Always make the audience suffer as much as possible."
Why people loved his thrillers: "They like to put their toe in the cold water of fear."
"Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table."
"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it."
And my favorite...
"Drama is life with the dull bits left out"
Oh, one more - on the subject of books...
"This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book -- it makes a very poor doorstop."
What else is there to say?
Which one is your favorite?
Groaner of the Day: (We hardly need one after all that so here's a shorty.) I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He claims he can stop any time.