A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
8/13/1899 The Master of Suspense is born
August 13, 1899. The last year of the nineteenth century saw the birth of one of the greatest film directors of the twentieth. I don't imagine I need to tell you what Alfred Hitchcock contributed to the mystery field, but I'll mention a few. He made masterpieces (Vertigo, Psycho). He experimented (Rope, The Wrong Man, Lifeboat). With The Birds he invented a genre that has seldom been done as well. The Thirty-Nine Steps (based on John Buchan's novel) introduced the hero-chased-by-villains-AND-cops story which has been used thousands of times - including brilliant reworkings by the Master himself.
The plot of Vertigo has more holes than a politician's alibi. Don't care. It's still my favorite movie.