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A Hitchcock Musical Mystery
Celebrating the Films of Alfred Hitchcock
By Rex Levang, August 1999


When you think about music and film directors, Alfred Hitchcock might not be the first name to come to mind. Stanley Kubrick was a greater recycler of classical music, Quentin Tarantino has done the same for Motown, Bergman and Zeffirelli have filmed more operas - and the list could continue. But Hitchcock has his share of big music moments. As the film world commemorates his 100th birthday on Friday, August 13, heres a chance to see how many you can identify.

James Stewart and Kim Novak carry on an enigmatic love affair, to the accompaniment of one of Bernard Herrmanns lushest scores.

Listen - Audio clue #1

North by Northwest | Vertigo | Rear Window | Shadow of a Doubt

Doris Day shows us her philosophical side and sings "Que sera, sera."

Listen - Audio clue #2

Family Plot | Stage Fright | The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) | The Wrong Man

A macabre little march introduces this macabre drama.

Listen - Audio clue #3

Alfred Hitchcock Presents | Vertigo | Psycho | Spellbound

A concerto featuring piano and theremin leads the way deep into Gregory Pecks psyche.

Listen - Audio clue #4

Shadow of a Doubt | Spellbound | The Birds | Psycho

Janet Leigh meets her end, to a soundtrack of shrieking violins.

Listen - Audio clue #5

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) | Torn Curtain | Vertigo | Psycho