ALFRED HITCHCOCK DIRECTING AUDREY HEPBURN, JAMES BOND? LOST FILMS REDISCOVERED

ALFRED HITCHCOCK DIRECTING AUDREY HEPBURN, JAMES BOND? LOST FILMS REDISCOVERED

 ‘The Lost Hitchcocks’ Uncovers Rare Films The Master of Suspense Tried to Make, but Never Completed

SAN FRANCISCO, January 2018: In a career that spanned six decades, Alfred Hitchcock directed some sixty-five motion pictures and numerous TV shows. While many of his classic suspense films are well remembered, with every success came a failure – or a film that got away. Now, a new book takes a look back at those unfinished features.

The Lost Hitchcocks, by John William Law, takes readers behind the scenes of a series of motion pictures that the Master of Suspense attempted to make, but ultimately dropped for any number of reasons. With major stars assigned, budgets acquired, locations selected and scripts written, many of these films hold a lost promise of what might-have-been had the director been able to realize his vision.

“These films offer as fascinating a story behind their making – and their failure – as do the many classics he left us with,” says Law. “We are left wondering what these films might have turned out like, had he been able to work out the issues he encountered.”

While a number of the films would be made by other directors some would be lost forever, never to be put to film. “Of the films that were completed by others, you can imagine what they might have been like had Hitchcock directed them,” says the author. “For those that never were, we can only piece together his concepts to see where he wanted to go.”

Films like Titanic, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, and The Bramble Bush represent features that were ultimately completed by other directors, while films like Flamingo Feather, The Blind Man and his final film, The Short Night, represent features that never found their way to the big screen.

Of the rarities chronicled in the book, Law writes in depth about two films that bookended Psycho – No Bail for the Judge and The Blind Man. “What’s fascinating is that had either of these films come to fruition, Psycho might never have been made,” says Law.  “No Bail for the Judge was intended to star Audrey Hepburn in her first Hitchcock picture, while The Blind Man intended to bring back Hitchcock favorite Jimmy Stewart, to the big screen.”

Another rarity included in the book is Hitchcock’s late 1960s film Kaleidoscope.  “Hitchcock wanted to do something more modern and shock his fans with more nudity and violence than he had used in Psycho, but Universal wasn’t interested and he failed to get the backing he needed,” says Law. “It was one of the only films he actually shot footage on and would abandon.”

Another surprising film Law writes about would have become the very first James Bond film. “A lot of people don’t know that Ian Fleming wanted Hitchcock as the director of the first Bond film.  He created a unique screenplay, tentatively entitled Longitude 78 West, but the timing wasn’t right and Fleming would end up reworking the idea into a book called Thunderball, which would become the fourth film in the franchise in 1965.

Available in January 2018 in bookstores and through on-line booksellers like Amazon.com, The Lost Hitchcocks is packed with photographs in a perfect-bound, 278-page paperback book, along with standard ebook on Amazon.com and an enhanced ebook on Apple’s iBookstore are also being issued. To learn more, visit www.aplombpublishing.com. 

 
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