Watched with CK. This was Hitchcock’s favorite movie:
This was my father’s favourite movie, and it was because he loved bringing the menace into a small town1, into a family that had never known any bad things happen to them. They adored this uncle. They just adored him. Yet they had no idea what he is like. The whole suspense of the movie is, “When are they going to find out?”
And then there’s this exchange 🤣
Oh, what’s the matter with you two ? Do you always have to talk about killing people?
We’re not talking about killing people.
Herb’s talking about killing me, and I’m talking about killing him.
It’s your father’s way of relaxing.
Can’t he find some other way to relax? Can’t we have a little peace and quiet without dragging in poisons all the time?
The thick black smoke at Uncle Charlie’s arrivals is meant to be a bad portent. He uses this a lot. ↩︎