A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween

A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our Halloween Home

We are Gordon and Julie and we LOVE Halloween, and Alfred Hitchcock!

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Psycho!

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.

GOOD EVEN-ING,

GORDON AND JULIE

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If you would like to view our other Alfred Hitchcock posts…..

Click Here For:  Happy Birthday Hitch

AND,

Click Here For:  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

AND,

Click Here For:  Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window

AND,

Spooketti Dinner with Hitchcock

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A. Hitchcock CLUE for Halloween

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Our Set

As usual it’s our Dining Room.

The Birds is featured prominently in this Alfred Hitchcock CLUE version.

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The Reveal

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?

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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!

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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)

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The Weapons:

Knife (Psycho)

Oven (Torn Curtain)

Bomb (Saboteur)

Poker (Marnie)

Necktie (Frenzy)

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)

Martini anyone?

Yes, I believe I have solved it!

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Mr. Green (as Mother), with the Knife, at The Bates Motel

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Drinks and Appetizers:

Martini’s with Green Olives and Pearl Onions

and

Sausages with Colonel Mustard

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Dinner:

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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

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Me, Sitting Down to Dine

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You know Dahling you really should eat up. 

I swear I can see your bones!

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What a Delicious Dinner

Trying to run and beat the timer on the camera.  🙂

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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.)

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Dial “M” For Murder

The movie starts out very happily with Mr. and Mrs. Wendice having breakfast, opening the mail and reading the newspaper.

The Times

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. 

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Mark and Margot

The Affair

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.)

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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!

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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.)  🙂

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Latch Key in the Handbag

A Sligh Tony Planting the Key Under the Carpet of the 5th. Stair

1954

Dial M for Murder

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DIAL “M”

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I actually considered telling this story from the view of The Handbag seeing as how it features so prominently.  🙂

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Swann’s Watch

(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! 

Tony’s Watch

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.

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DIALING “M” for MURDER!!!!!!

“M”

The Telephone Company

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Margot Sleeping

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.)  🙂

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But in the meantime, you get this lovely bit of acting.  🙂

Introducing the Magnificent Julie Lancaster-Whann as……

……..Margot Wendice

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(And Grace Kelly did an o.k. job.) 

Hello?  Who’s there?  Is anyone there?

Hello?

(Charles Swann emerges from behind the curtains to strangle me, and Margot.) 

(The Lighting is Beautiful Here!)

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Hello?  Is anyone there?

Look, I’ve got these birds flying around and Gordon is about to strangle me so speak up! 

Hello?  Hello?

Gasping!  Ah!  Aaaahhhhh!!  I can’t breathe!

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Really Gordon?  Now?  Right here?

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I told you I have a headache!

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Where are those scissors?

FOUND ‘EM!  Got ’em!!

Margot finds the scissors and stabs Swann in the back…….

KILLING HIM!

DEAD!!

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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.

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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

Margot Concerned

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DRAB GRAY

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.)

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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!)

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INTERMISSION

Just a few of our pumpkins…….

…..and Halloween Candy for the little Trick-or-Treaters!

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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.

The Thinker

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!

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Mr. and Mrs. Whann

Happy Halloween from Us!

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Tony Inserting the Latch Key that Revealed His GUILT!

I do so love all this vintage hardware.  🙂

The Key Underneath the 5th. Stair Carpet

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Goodbye

Just leave the key under the 5th. step carpet on the stairs.

(Says it all!)

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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. 

Murder!

He Dialed “M!”

Julie

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RECIPES START HERE!!

Gordon Will Be Bringing Those Write-Up’s.

Chef Whann

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Drink:

Martini’s

With Extra Olives and Onions

Appetizer:

Cocktail Sausages with Colonel Mustard

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The Birds with Professor Plums

 

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Mrs. Peacock’s Colorful Array of Steamed Carrots and Roasted Blue Potatoes with Garlic

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Blue Potatoes with Garlic Cloves

 

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Mrs. White’s Baked Cauliflower Steaks

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Black Pearl Onions

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Peas and Broccoli Topped with Parmesean

Gordon Sprinkling Cheese

Gordon STILL Sprinkling Cheese

DINNER IS SERVED

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Hitch’s Middle Finger on “M.”

(Were people shooting the bird back then?)