A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween
Welcome to our Halloween Home
We are Gordon and Julie and we LOVE Halloween, and Alfred Hitchcock!
I’ll be out of the shower in a minute!!
COMING SOON FOR HALLOWEEN!!!!!
Lock your doors and windows. You awake to find your house completely shrouded in fog. A dog barks in the distance. You hear a howling. It’s a full moon. You find yourself all alone. You have no electricity. The batteries in your flashlight are DEAD! With no one to comfort you, there is no one around to hear you SCREAM!!!!!
We are so happy to have you join us in our A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween!
This year we decided to dig Hitch up and invite him to join us as well.
GORDON AND JULIE
If you would like to view our other Alfred Hitchcock posts…..
A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween
As usual it’s our Dining Room.
The Birds is featured prominently in this Alfred Hitchcock CLUE version.
I think it was Mr. Green, with the Knife, at the Bates Motel!
Alfred Hitchcock Edition of CLUE
I’m ready to play, or you?
The Stage Is Set
The Ghosts of Lisa Freemont from Rear Window, and Melanie Daniels from The Birds
Me, dashing out the door to pick up a few things before we celebrate Halloween. 🙂
Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!
Alfred Hitchcock Edition of CLUE
This version of CLUE features some of Hitchcock’s movies. Psycho, Torn Curtain, The Birds, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Saboteur and Frenzy.
I am most familiar with Psycho, and The Birds. But I also wanted to include in our Hitchcock night, Rear Window and Dial M for Murder. Marnie is also a movie that features in this game starring Tippi Hedren but I just don’t like that movie at all.
Playing Hitchcock CLUE
The Rooms Include:
Hitchcock’s Screening Room
Brenda’s Office (Frenzy)
Diner (The Birds)
Statue of Liberty Torch (Saboteur)
Opera House (The Man Who Knew Too Much)
Horse Stable (Marnie)
Farmhouse Kitchen (Torn Curtain)
Family Room (The Birds)
The Bates Motel Room #1 (Psycho)
Oven (Torn Curtain)
Seagull (The Birds)
And as Always the Suspects Are:
Mr. Green (as Mother)
Mrs. White (as Jo Mckenna)
Miss Scarlett (as Melanie Daniels)
Colonel Mustard (as Barry Kane)
Professor Plum (as Michael Armstrong)
Mrs. Peacock (as Marnie Edgar)
Yes, I believe I have solved it!
Mr. Green (as Mother), with the Knife, at The Bates Motel
Drinks and Appetizers:
Martini’s with Green Olives and Pearl Onions
Sausages with Colonel Mustard
The Birds with Professor Plums
Mrs. Peacock’s Colorful Array of Steamed Carrots
Blue Potatoes, Roasted with Garlic
Mrs. White’s Baked Cauliflower Steaks
Black Pearl Onions
Mr. Green’s Peas and Broccoli with Parmesan Cheese
Me, Sitting Down to Dine
You know Dahling you really should eat up.
I swear I can see your bones!
What a Delicious Dinner
Trying to run and beat the timer on the camera. 🙂
I believe it was Miss Scarlett with the Knife in the Dining Room!
(Cutting the pie.) 🙂
Miss Scarlett’s Strawberry and Rhubard Pie, and Raspberry Ice Cream.
Well, we had to have something “RED” didn’t we?
The dessert was easy. Store bought pie and ice cream.
(Not everything has to be homemade. Our time is worth something.)
Dial “M” For Murder
The movie starts out very happily with Mr. and Mrs. Wendice having breakfast, opening the mail and reading the newspaper.
You then see Margot Wendice noticing an article in the paper of the arrival of the Queen Mary with one of the passenger’s name’s, Mark Halliday, an American writer.
Mark and Margot
We then see Mr. Halliday in the home of Margot Wendice. The two of them having drinks and planning a night out once Margot’s husband Tony comes home to join them. Mark, still in love with Margot is questioning why she stopped writing to him? Margot then goes on to explain that her husband Tony has changed. He is a different person than the one she described to him, and that he has given up tennis and has settled down with Margot.
I do find it interesting that Margot, Grace Kelly, is dressed in a beautiful red dress. (Probably very sexy for it’s day.) It feels to me as if she has been branded the ‘Scarlett Letter’ for her indiscretion with Mark. Something perhaps Hitchcock himself would have chosen for her to wear. However, He allowed Grace to chose her own wardrobe for his movies. I find that interesting.
(I was just looking at Edith Head’s resume on Edith Head Resume IMDB.com
I was curious to see if she designed the red dress above seeing as how she dressed so many beautiful Hitchcock women, but she didn’t. And in looking at her resume my god, she truly did have a long and successful career.)
This is me in my red thrift store cocktail dress that I purchased for $8.00. 🙂
Here Margot is relaying to Mark how she burned all of his letters that he wrote to her, except one. That one was apparently very special and she kept it with her in her handbag at all times.
However, one day when she and Tony were to spend the weekend with friends in the country her handbag was stolen from the platform at Victoria Station. The handbag was recovered a few weeks later but the letter was missing. She then received a letter telling her to draw 50 from her bank in 5 notes, and then change them for used 1 notes. Then the letter would be returned to her.
Margot retrieving the blackmail letter for Mark to read.
“Printed all capitals. Anyone could have written this.”
Mark and Margot
(Notice that their names are even similar as if they truly belong together.)
Margot relays to Mark that the letter was never returned to her and when she went to the address of where she sent the package that it was still there and no one had ever heard of the recipient of the package at this little shop where mail is generally forwarded.
Mark decides to keep the note for safekeeping.
Although Mark is upset, he respects Margot’s decision to stay with her husband and not to be with him.
Tony then enters the fray from work to meet Mark.
Margot, Tony, and Mark
Tony bows out of going out with Margot and Mark using various excuses because he will be arranging a meeting with the man he hopes will take the job of murdering his wife!
Anthony Dawson as Charles Swann
Tony invited Charles Swann over to his home under the pretense of buying an American car he was selling. Tony then pretended to recognize him as being a former classmate at school.
Tony Pointing out to Swann his Photo
(Also, you can see this is where Hitchcock inserted himself into his movie.) 🙂
Now Tony Wendice is Instructing his old college classmate, Charles Swann on how he is to murder Margot.
Apparently over a year ago when Tony realized his wife was having an affair he feared that she would leave him. She is after all, wealthy. It was then that he contemplated killing her, and even killing himself. But it was while he was drowning his sorrows in a pub that he spotted Charles Swann. He knew Swann was something of a criminal back in college so he decided to follow him and get to know his routine. Tony discovered that Swann was still something of a criminal and knew that he could gather enough information on him to “persuade” him to kill Margot.
(I do love that light fixture! I also really like these shots of looking down on the two men planning the crime. I also love that chair! AND the trunk with all the travel stickers in the photo above.)
Although this is probably the most stimulating part of the movie I just didn’t take that many photos of it. It’s not that I’m not interested, it’s that focusing on Margot was more important to me. I also suppose that I should leave a bit of mystery to this story in the hopes that some of you may want to watch the movie yourselves.
Tony does go on to persuade Charles Swann to commit the crime by using a bit of blackmail and a nice bribe, and tells him exactly how he wants him to do it.
The Night of the Murder
Tony has invited Mark to a stag party so that Mark is Tony’s alibi to Margot’s murder. Mark has stopped in to have a drink before he and Tony leave for the evening.
Again they have Grace, as Margot wearing a lovely burgundy outfit. I suppose she is still a bit tainted with the “Scarlett Letter” but in a more subdued way. Probably relaying to all of us watching that she had ended her affair and is now a bit more respectable.
P.S. I’m not judging. I’m just noting these subtle movie clues to us audience.
Tony Setting the Stage for the “Murder” Later
The Latch Key’s Play an Important Role
The Latch Key in the Handbag
A Sligh Tony Planting the Key Under the Carpet of the 5th. Stair
Dial M for Murder
I actually considered telling this story from the view of The Handbag seeing as how it features so prominently. 🙂
(Tony Wendice is to call the house at 11:00 p.m.. That will draw Margot out of her bedroom to answer the phone.)
Charles Swann entering through the main door from the street.
Swan Locating the Key Underneath the 5th. Stair Carpet
Swann Positioning Himself for the Murder and Awaiting the Phone to Ring
I do love the ominous shadows!
The Stag Party
Tony is supposed to call the house at 11:00 p.m. but his watch stopped and it is a little after. He then gets up to make the phone call, using the excuse that he needs to call his boss.
DIALING “M” for MURDER!!!!!!
The Telephone Company
Hearing the phone she gets up to answer it.
(This is a scene that I want to recreate. I even bought a new nightie for it. That will be coming soon.) 🙂
But in the meantime, you get this lovely bit of acting. 🙂
Introducing the Magnificent Julie Lancaster-Whann as……
(And Grace Kelly did an o.k. job.)
Hello? Who’s there? Is anyone there?
(Charles Swann emerges from behind the curtains to strangle me, and Margot.)
(The Lighting is Beautiful Here!)
Hello? Is anyone there?
Look, I’ve got these birds flying around and Gordon is about to strangle me so speak up!
Gasping! Ah! Aaaahhhhh!! I can’t breathe!
Really Gordon? Now? Right here?
I told you I have a headache!
Where are those scissors?
FOUND ‘EM! Got ’em!!
Margot finds the scissors and stabs Swann in the back…….
Margot Trying to Recover from her Attack
Tony was hoping to hear Margot being murdered over the phone but instead he learns that Margot is the one that killed her attacker. Tony then makes an excuse to leave the stag party, and Mark, and return home to see exactly what happened. Telling Margot not to phone the police.
Margot Taking some Aspirin
Tony tells Margot to stay in the bedroom while he phones the police and for her not to worry about speaking with them. He tells her that she has already been through enough.
Tony Bringing a Blanket to Cover the Body
I call this the “Drab Gray” period of the movie. You see Margot wearing nothing but gray from now on. After all, the police are convinced that Margot is the killer and that Charles Swann was blackmailing her to cover up her affair with Mark and therefor she killed him.
Skipping ahead, Margot is arrested for the death of Swann.
There is a trail and she is found guilty of murder and is set to be hanged.
Tony did a magnificent job of manipulating the evidence in order to make Margot look guilty.
The jury had no sympathy for her to spare her life because of her relationship with Mark Halliday. She is after all, an adulteress. (Again, not judging.)
Chief Inspector Hubbard meanwhile discovered the latch key’s don’t match their respective doors and sets up a scenario involving Margot and Tony to see if either one of them will retrieve the key from underneath the 5th. stair carpet out in the hallway. Apparently Hubbard discovered the key there and realized that one of them had planted it there initially.
Margot with the Wrong Latch Key in her Handbag
(Margot passed the test.)
Now to see if Tony realizes that the key he planted underneath the carpet on the 5th. stair is still there?
Margot Realizing that her Husband Framed Her
Sorry Tony, No Escape!
(Yeah, once again, I really love that light fixture!)
Just a few of our pumpkins…….
…..and Halloween Candy for the little Trick-or-Treaters!
I Wanted to do an Homage to the Unsung Hero,
The Detective who solves the crime.
Chief Inspector Hubbard prevented Margot Wendice from being hung.
Solved the Murder
Chief Inspector Hubbard, played by the great John Williams
Combing the Mustache
This Mustache cake is for him.
All I did was to buy a ready made cake at the grocery store and apply candy mustache’s all around it by using a ready made frosting to act as the glue. I also sprinkled some silver sugar on top of the cake. Easy!
Mr. and Mrs. Whann
Happy Halloween from Us!
Tony Inserting the Latch Key that Revealed His GUILT!
I do so love all this vintage hardware. 🙂
The Key Underneath the 5th. Stair Carpet
Just leave the key under the 5th. step carpet on the stairs.
(Says it all!)
My synopsis of the movie, Dial M for Murder:
The character of Tony Wendice is a diabolical killer. Whoever wrote this is apparently familiar with the characteristics of a Sociopath. And seeing as how this was written so long ago when we really didn’t have all the information of the psychology of a sociopath that we do now, is really remarkable.
As the story goes, Tony follows his wife one night where he saw her meet Mark and spend their evening together. He saw them cooking spaghetti together. (Again, I wonder if the red of the spaghetti sauce further enforces that view of the “tainted” woman.)
It’s at that point that Tony went to a pub to drown his sorrows and even contemplate killing himself, or killing her, which is where he saw Charles Swann and you know the rest of the story. It really isn’t the story line that I care to comment on. It’s the character of Tony. How many of us if we were to see our spouse with another man/woman would just leave the scene and not have a confrontation? And not just that but he went on to never say a word to her about it. He wasn’t interested in working things out to solve their problems or to even move toward a divorce. But instead, he begins to plot her murder that won’t take place for a year. ONE YEAR!
Just think about that though. Only a sociopath could “act” as if everything was fine. Live with this person as if their marriage and relationship was good, pretend as if he loved her even when he hated her. You know that they would go on holiday together. Spend Christmas, Easter, live together, dine together, have marital relations together, have conversations together, all the while hating her and planning her very violent death. That is just bizarre to me! If Tony Wendice were a real person he would be fascinating to study. Whether you were a physician or a criminal profiler. Oh, don’t think for a second that I am a fan of his. But he would be a fascinating study you could write your dissertation on.
Although we have plenty of sociopath’s in our society I believe Tony to be something of an anomaly and the only place where someone like him should be is locked up. Regardless of the affair that his wife Margot had, she was married to a very dangerous man who when confronted with her indiscretion decided to turn to the worst possible conclusion that he could come to.
He Dialed “M!”
RECIPES START HERE!!
With Extra Olives and Onions
To make 1 drink…
Pour about 1 Cup of ice, 3 shots of vodka and a dash vermouth into your shaker. Shake the shaker until you can’t take the cold on your hands and then pour your drink into a martini glass.
Cocktail Sausages with Colonel Mustard
Spray Olive Oil – light amount
1 1/2 Cups Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp. Dry Mustard
~1/4 or more Cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/8 Cup Rice Vinegar
1/8 Cup White Vinegar
~1 or more Tbsp. Truvia Brown Sugar (Or any Brown Sugar you prefer.)
1 tsp. of your favorite hot sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. Vanilla
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
2 pkgs. Cocktail Sausages – rinsed
Spray your measuring cup with olive oil, so the mustard will come out of the cup easier.
Pour the mustard into a medium sized sauce pan.
Add your dry mustard into the pan.
Then your Red Wine Vinegar, Rice Vinegar, and
then your White Vinegar. Taste the mixture and adjust as you see necessary.
Here, I added a little bit more of the Red Wine Vinegar.
Now, add your Brown Sugar to the mixture……
Then add your favorite hot sauce!
Again, you can add more to your taste.
Now, add your Worcestershire Sauce…
Vanilla, and freshly ground Black Pepper.
Mix all the ingredients well and taste! Here, I felt it needed a touch more Brown Sugar.
Place your Cocktail Sausages into a bowl and pour the Mustard Sauce over the cocktail sausages and stir to combine.
This is something of a bath for them. 🙂
Remove the sausages from the mixture with a slotted spoon, and place them into a baking dish.
Place the mustard sausages into a 400’F oven for 3o min. or until heated through. These cocktail sausage are already cooked, so there is no need to worry about their internal temperature or eating them raw.
Remove and place into your serving dish, adding cocktail picks!
Our Delicious Dinner
The Birds with Professor Plums
This is not only delicious, but very beautiful.
Preheat your oven to 400’F
8 – 10 Plums – Halved and De-seeded
2 Cornish Hens
4 Shallots – Sliced
~1/3 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 tsp. Merlot Salt
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground Allspice
3 Bay Leafs
3 Tbsp. Water
Cornish Hen Rub:
~ 2 Tbsp. Lemon Zest
1 Tbsp. Sumac
1 tsp. Merlot Salt
1 tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ground Allspice
3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
5 Garlic Cloves – Chopped Thinly
Juice of 2 Lemons
Inside the Bird:
2 tsp. Red Thyme
2 small bunches Fresh Thyme
1 pinch Merlot Salt
1 Head of Red Leaf/Green Leaf Lettuce
Washing the Plums
Cornish Hens and Shallots
Zest 2 lemons and place into a medium bowl.
Now, add your Sumac, Merlot Salt, and freshly ground Black Pepper to the bowl.
Then add your Cinnamon, Ground Allspice, and Olive Oil to the bowl.
Remove the Garlic skins and cut off the root ends, then slice thinly.
Once this is done, chop the garlic more until the garlic is almost minced as shown below, and add it to the bowl.
Mix all the ingredients well and set aside. The mixture should look like a paste.
Slice your plumbs in half using the line on the side of the plum as a guide.
The line shows you the orientation of the seed inside the plum.
Then twist the plum halves and remove the large seed inside.
Place the de-seeded plums in your roasting pan.
Slice the root ends and tops of your shallots off, and remove the skins as shown below.
Now, slice the shallots into rings…
and place them into the roasting pan with the plum halves.
Now, drizzle your Honey over the plums and shallots.
Add your Olive Oil to the pan…
Ground Cinnamon and Ground Allspice
And lastly, add your water to the roasting pan and mix everything well.
Place your roasting rack over the plums as shown below.
Time to prepare the Cornish Hens…
Remove the hens from their wrappings and rinse both inside and out with running water, then pat them dry using a paper towel. Remove any feathers that didn’t get removed during processing. Also, remove any gizzards, hearts, and necks within the birds cavity if present. Add your Red Thyme spice to the cavity of the hens.
Then add your bunches of Fresh Thyme to each hen cavity.
Place the hens on the roasting rack as shown.
Place your rub mixture all over each hen as shown.
Juice your lemons into a small bowl…
and pour the juice over the hens.
Place the roasting pan in the oven which has been preheated to 400’F and roast for ~30 – 40 min. until the hens internal temperature reaches 160’F.
(Here Gordon is pouring the Lemon Juice over the Hens.)
Here, I am checking the temperature of the hens.
I stuck the probe into the hens thigh to obtain a proper temperature.
Let the hens rest, which will increase their internal temperature to 165’F as the super heated juices run back into the center of the meat. This is why you don’t immediately slice your hens, once you removed them from the oven. I let the hens rest for at least 15-20 min. Trust me, they will still be very warm when you are ready to eat. This also gives you time to prepare and finish the rest of your meal.
While the hens are resting, I place the lettuce garnish around our platter as shown.
Remove the Bay Leafs from the roasting pan.
Place your roasted plums and other ingredients around your platter…
Great close up picture Julie
Then orient your roasted hens on the platter.
Pour the pan drippings over the hens as shown… ENJOY!
Mrs. Peacock’s Colorful Array of Steamed Carrots and Parsnips as well as Roasted Blue Potatoes with Garlic
Wash all the carrots and parsnips well.
Slice off the root and tops of each as shown below.
Peel them all as I did here, or you can leave them unpeeled if you prefer.
When cooking root vegetables, it is important to keep everything close to the same size for even cooking.
Here, I sliced them in half, then into ~3 inch lengths.
You can see the variety of colors in this picture…. Great Job Julie!
I used our large colander to hold the carrots and placed the collander into a large pot filled with about 2 inches of water to steam them. Add some salt to the carrots and toss the carrots to evenly coat them.
Steaming Carrots and Parsnips, and fixing to Roast Blue Potatoes and Garlic
Start to boil the water, then place the pots lid over the carrots and parsnips.
Steam the vegetables for about 10 min. or until done to your liking. I like them to still have a little crunch. Check them using a fork. If you cook them a little under, you can keep them on the stove top placing the burner on low, while you finish the rest of your meal.
Blue Potatoes with Garlic Cloves
Clean your 20 or so potatoes with fresh running water, scrubbing them if needed.
When slicing your potatoes, try to keep them all the same size for more even cooking. This means, some of the larger ones will require and extra slice of two to keep them the same size. There were even a few I didn’t have to cut at all. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on a sheet pan and drizzle some olive oil over it.
Place the sliced potatoes on the foil and spread them out evenly.
Be sure not to overload your pan, as each slice of potato need to sit flat.
Drizzle the potatoes with more olive oil.
Using your best turning tool (Your Hands), mix the potatoes in the olive oil on the pan.
Remove the garlic skins from ~20 garlic cloves, then slice off the root end. You don’t have to use this much garlic if you are not a fan, but we love roasted garlic!
Here Gordon is removing the skins from the whole garlic cloves to add to our blue potatoes.
Here is another great picture from Julie of me slicing off he root end of the garlic.
Place the garlic in whole evenly around with your potatoes.
Add your freshly ground black pepper…
Then add your salt.
Here, Julie found some Merlot Salt which has a slight wine taste to it. There are any number of salts on the market these days such as black, smoked, and pink Himalayan, so experiment with them all.
I then placed some Red Thyme which has a smokey flavor to it.
Again using your hands, mix all the potatoes and garlic together well, add more olive oil if needed.
A Sprinkling of Red Thyme
Roast the potatoes at 400’F for about 25 min. or until soft or done to your liking. Check with a fork, if it goes in smoothly, they are likely done.
Place the garlic and potatoes in a serving dish topped with some fresh thyme!
Mrs. White’s Baked Cauliflower Steaks
1 Large Cauliflower
~4 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 tsp. Jalapeno Powder
3 Tbsp. Chile & Lime Powder
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
Remove the stem and small leaves from the Cauliflower and rinse thoroughly.
Slice the Cauliflower head into 3/4 to 1 inch slices as shown.
Place a sheet of aluminum foil on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Place the cauliflower steaks on the baking sheet, using the first one as a brush to spread the olive oil around the pan.
Place the rest of the cauliflower steaks on the baking sheet as shown… even the small broken cuttings.
Brush the tops of the cauliflower steaks with a little olive oil and season to taste with your Jalapeno seasoning.
The olive oil helps the seasoning to adhere to the cauliflower.
Cauliflower doesn’t have much taste by itself, which is why I chose these bold seasonings.
Now, shake on your Chile & Lime seasoning.
Bake the cauliflower steaks in a 400’F oven for ~20 min. or until they begin to slightly caramelize and become very tender.
In, and Out of the Oven
The baking process removes much of the water within the cauliflower making them shrink.
Ready to Plate
Black Pearl Onions
~20 White Pearl Onions
2 Tbsp. Butter
1/4 Cup firmly packed “Truvia” Brown Sugar (or any brown sugar you prefer)
1 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Salt
Splash of Hot Sauce
Using a small sauce pan, add enough water to cover the onions, remembering they float.
Gordon Getting Water from the Refrigerator
Boil the onions for about 3 min…
Then place in a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
In the sauce pan, add your butter and brown sugar and turn onto med. high heat.
As the butter melts, mix the two ingredients.
Add your hot sauce to taste.
Using a whisk, mix all the ingredients well.
Sliced off the root end of the pearl onion and peal off the tough outer layer of the onion. This can also be done by gripping the onion between your thumb, index, and middle finger squeezing the onion, forcing the softer section out of the tougher outer layers.
Now, add your Balsamic Vinegar and Salt to the pot, and heat until it starts to boil.
Turn the heat down to Med. and add your skinned pearl onions to the balsamic mixture.
Cook the onions until the mixture becomes syrup like. This will take about ~10 min. to complete.
The pearl onions will begin to absorb the vinegar and become very dark as shown below.
Place them into a serving bowl and watch them disappear!
Peas and Broccoli Topped with Parmesean
We were originally just going to have Green Peas here but I, Julie, suggested that we add our leftover broccoli to the peas.
The ingredients are very simple. Just a bag of frozen peas, the leftover fresh broccoli, about a tablespoon of butter, and some leftover cheeses in our refrigerator.
First, Gordon added some Butter to a saucepan.
Then he added a bag of frozen Green Peas.
Next he added our fresh leftover Broccoli.
Here Gordon brings it to a simmering boil until tender.
Now just drain the liquid out of the pot, or use a slotted spoon to scoop the peas and broccoli into a serving bowl.
Gordon Sprinkling Cheese
Gordon STILL Sprinkling Cheese 🙂
DINNER IS SERVED
Hitch’s Middle Finger on “M.”
(Were people shooting the bird back then?)