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Alfred Hitchcock

Image for Alfred Hitchcock
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Suspense movie director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) ventured into the new arena of television in 1955 with Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Beginning with the trademark, "Good Evening," Hitchcock would emerge from a silhouette cutout and introduce the episode. His mocking of sponsors and offbeat humor endeared him to audiences.
This 1957 TV Guide cover featuring a caricature by Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) captures Hitchcock, down to the silhouette cutout. In the accompanying article, Hitchcock noted that he had been given "more latitude in TV than I ever had in motion pictures." Nevertheless, he continued to produce feature films during the show, including Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960).
Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, 13 Aug 1899 - 29 Apr 1980
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Color halftone on paper
Image: 18.7 x 13cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/8")
Mat: 45.7 x 35.6cm (18 x 14")
Bound Object
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Restrictions & Rights
© Al Hirschfeld. Art reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, the Margo Feiden Galleries, Ltd., New York.