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Subject: Source of Alfred Hitchcock Quotation
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: laboydston-ga
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Posted: 14 May 2003 09:35 PDT
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Question ID: 203643
Alfred Hitchcock said: "I am scared easily, here is a list of my
adrenaline - production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high
places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one."

I need to know the source data for the quotation i.e. BBC interview in
1960, speech at the Academy Awards function 1966.  I need to properly
cite the quotation and I can not find it's source.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 14 May 2003 11:38 PDT
Bobbie7's source might be the best you can get.  I found another
Hitchcock biography that identifies the newspaper and the reporter,
but doesn't give an actual date of publication, so it's still not a
full reference.

Let us know if this helps.

Clarification of Question by laboydston-ga on 14 May 2003 11:52 PDT
Bobby-7's source is great and is certainly a solution.  However, it
would be most helpful if you could let me know the name of the
reporter and newspaper.  I am trying to track down the original
statement and partial information at this time is welcome.

Subject: Re: Source of Alfred Hitchcock Quotation
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 14 May 2003 12:16 PDT
Hello Laboydston-ga,

According to the Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 10:
1976-1980. (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1995), the Hitchcock quote has
the following source:

"Later in life, he told Marie Torre, a columnist for the New York
Herald Tribune, about some of the things that frightened him: "Here's
a list in order of adrenaline production: 1. Little children; 2.
Policemen; 3. High places; 4. That my next picture won't be as good as
the last one."


I have contacted the Center for American History:

that keeps the morgue files for the NY Herald Tribune, and they have
agreed to take a look and see if they can find the Torre article and

Their search might take several days however (and they confessed that
the files aren't quite as organized as they might be), so I wouldn't
count on this turning up the original.  But if it does, I'll certainly
post the additional information here as a follow-up to this answer.

Hope this helps you in your search.


search strategy:  "Hitchcock" in several biographical resources 
                   Google search on "New York Herald Tribune" morgue

P.S.  Please be aware that if you want to compensate Bobbie7 for the
good work she did (her comment gave me a clue to dig a bit deeper),
you can always post a "question" to her attention.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 14 May 2003 16:02 PDT
Wow...the archives people in Texas FOUND IT already!!!!

Here's what they told me:

"The article was from Marie Torre's "TV-Radio Today" column on March
28, 1957. [NOTE from pafalafa-ga: from the NY Herald Tribune, of

Stephanie, the archive lady, also went on to say:

"I can have a photocopy made for you if you'd like.  The cost would be
$6.25 though, 25 cents for the copy plus a $6 shipping and handling
fee.  Let me know if you'd like me to put the order in."

You can contact Stephanie at:

Stephanie Malmros
The Center for American History
1 University Station, #D1100
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712-0335
Tel. (512)495-4557
Fax. (512)495-4542

(I'd be glad to do it for you except I can't since researchers and
customers are not permitted personal communications.  If you do
contact her, though, let me know in advance and I'll let Stephanie
know to expect to hear from avoids some potential confusion).
Subject: Re: Source of Alfred Hitchcock Quotation
From: bobbie7-ga on 14 May 2003 10:41 PDT
Hello laboydston-ga,

This quotation Hitchcock was from an interview with a news reporter
and can be found in “Current Biography 1980.  New York:  The H. W.
Wilson Co.,1980.”

“A news reporter that interviewed him, asked him if he himself scared
easy.  To this question, Hitchcock replied:  “[v]ery easily.  Here’s a
list in order of adrenaline production:  1) little children, 2)
policemen, 3) high places, 4) that my next picture won’t be as good as
my first one” (Current Biography 1980 456).”
Current Biography 1980.  New York:  The H. W. Wilson Co.,1980

Would this be an adequate answer to your question?

Subject: Re: Source of Alfred Hitchcock Quotation
From: magnesium-ga on 17 May 2003 14:48 PDT
Great work, pafalafa-ga! Work like this will make Google Answers
legendary and (it is to be hoped) successful!

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