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Title: Alma Reville (1899-1982)

Description: Alma Reville (Alma Lucy Reville Hitchcock; August 14, 1899-July 6, 1982), wife of master suspense film director Alfred Hitchcock (August 13, 1899-April 29, 1980), shown at her California home after the Hitchcocks migrated from England to the U.S. in 1939. Reville was an assistant director and film editor working at the same British studio (Gainesborough Pictures) where Hitchcock worked as a novice film director, making his first significant film, The Lodger, a silent film loosely based on Jack the Ripper, in 1926. Both were married that year on December 2, 1926. The union produced one child, Patricia (Patricia "Pat" Hitchcock O'Connell; July 7, 1928- ). Reville would be the one person Hitchcock relied upon for important script changes, errors in continuity and inventive film editing, as well as almost all other elements involving his films throughout his career. He found her judgment impeccable and was grateful for her unerring eye to detail. She is shown in this image standing next to the family car. Mrs. Hitchcock understood her husband's phobias and fears, not the least of which was a deep apprehension of police due to his being locked up in a police station when he was a child as a cruel lesson taught by his father, a warning of punishment for any future wrong-doing. The lesson learned was that Hitchcock would forever after dread the presence of any police officer. To him, they were unimpassioned, cold-hearted creatures. He avoided them at all costs, and, when he took residence in the U.S., he refused to get a driver’s license, fearing that he might be stopped by a traffic cop. He told actor Joseph Cotten, when he was appearing in Hitchcock’s production of Shadow of a Doubt (1943): “I don’t drive. Matter of fact, taught my own wife and daughter to drive, but inside my own private driveway. Whenever I see a policeman, I simply go all to pieces.” His wife Alma or a chauffeur drove him anywhere he had to go, or, if necessary, he took cabs, although he distrusted and was suspicious of these anonymous drivers.

Category: Motion Pictures

Keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Patricia Hitchcock, Gainesborough Pictures, film editing, suspense film directors, The Lodger, film editors, assistant film directors, motion pictures, cinema, silent films, movies, autos, cars, fear of driving, fear of police, chauffeurs, wives, California, Shadow of a Doubt, Joseph Cotten

Orientation: Panorama

Dimensions: 2250 x 1003 (2.26 MPixels) (2.24)

Print Size: 19.0 x 8.5 cm; 7.5 x 3.3 inches

File Size: 6.49 MB (6,803,500 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000352783

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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