To kick off season two of the podcast, Alex and Jonathan are taking five episodes to examine the work and themes of the great Alfred Hitchcock. Today we look at Hitchcock’s “wrong man” theme in The Lodger (1927), The 39 Steps (1935), and North by Northwest (1959). We discuss spy thrillers with comedic tone, when Hitchcock reveals and conceals information to the audience, and doubling down on the “wrong man/woman” plot.
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Skip to: The Lodger (11:12), The 39 Steps (29:32), North by Northwest (52:55), Overall (1:19:44), Coming Attractions (1:27:59)
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We’re switching to a biweekly schedule this year, but in two weeks we’ll be back to look at the many portrayals of women in Hitchcock films, specifically: