Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: John “Scotty” Ferguson, retired detective, reluctantly helps an old friend uncover the truth about his suicidal wife.
Brigette: An ex-detective is asked to help an old friend figure out what’s going on with his wife.
Morgan: An ex-detective is recruited to find out more about his friend’s crazy young wife and is led to further mysteries.
Gable: A retired detective gradually falls in love with a friend’s wife that he was sent to investigate.
Pete: Drama (Hitchcock)
What did you think of the poster and/or credit art?
Pete: Saul Bass’ poster is a classic.
Brigette: Huge Saul Bass fan, so it was awesome!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Midge Wood because I felt sorry for her the most.
Brigette: Midge because she was a good friend.
Morgan: Midge because she was funny and likeable.
Gable: I didn’t have a favorite character. They were all too dramatic or boring or mean.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Gavin Elster because of his hidden agenda.
Brigette: Gavin because he was greedy.
Morgan: Madeleine because she was annoyingly crazy.
Gable: Gavin Elster because he was mean.
How was the casting?
Pete: Casting was brilliant; one of Jimmy Stewart’s best performances.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Pete: Grabbed me at the opening credits and kept me on edge throughout.
Brigette: It grabbed me immediately with the unusual opening credit sequence and eerie music and then kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the 2 hours.
Morgan: Alfred Hitchcock films always grab me right from the beginning and are intense the whole way through.
Gable: The opening scene was very intense. There was no part in the film when you felt like you wanted to leave.
Pete: “Boy, I NEED this!” – John ‘Scotty’ Ferguson
Brigette: “…you shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing.” – John
How was the soundtrack?
Pete: Fantastic; added immensely to the feel of the film.
Brigette: Brilliantly scored by Bernard Herrmann. You can listen to the score on YouTube here.
Gable: Dramatic and intense, like the film itself.
How does the film compare to the book?
Brigette: It was based on a French novel, D’Entre Les Mortes. I’ve not read it, but would love to know how closely Hitchcock followed the book.
Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?
Pete: I’ve seen a lot of Hitchcock’s films.
Brigette: I’ve seen Rear Window, The Birds and Psycho. I hope to see all of Hitchcock’s films in my lifetime and continue sharing them with the girls.
Morgan: I have watched two other Hitchcock films; “Rear Window” and “The Birds,” both of which I loved.
Gable: I am a Hitchcock fan. I love his films because they are mysterious. I love the thriller part of his films. This is the third Hitchcock film I have watched and it is the best so far.
How was the ending?
Pete: Came a little quickly and was unexpected and tragic.
Brigette: Completely unexpected and abrupt.
Morgan: A little mysterious.
Gable: The kind of ending that makes the watchers want a sequel. Too bad there never was one.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Think twice before helping out an old friend.
Brigette: Curiosity killed the cat.
Morgan: Let the past go.
Who would you recommend it to?
Pete: Hitchcock fans and anyone one who enjoys suspense at it’s finest.
Brigette: Anyone who loves a film that keeps you on your toes.
Morgan: Alfred Hitchcock fans or those who like a good balance of suspense, romance and drama.
Gable: Fans of Hitchcock’s other film Rear Window, people who like being on the edge of their seat during a film, and people who love murder mystery novels and films.
Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Jimmy Stewart Won’t Eat His Cereal
Craft/Activity: Make some Spirographs.
Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)
Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Vertigo Brew’s Friar Mike’s IPA (An English-American ale blend)
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Tell us your phobia.