Dial H for humbled

ALFRED Hitchcock was born in London in 1899 and began his career there before moving to Hollywood in 1939. Although nominated five times for an Oscar, he never won.

In 1979, when he was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award, he famously said: ''I beg permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter, Pat, and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen, and their names are Alma Reville.''

He died a year later, in 1980, and Reville died in 1982. He had made 53 films, including:

1940: Rebecca, Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

1946: Notorious, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Kisses longer than three seconds were banned, so Hitchcock had the actors disengage every three seconds, nuzzle each other and start back again for 2½ minutes.

1954: Dial M for Murder (Grace Kelly, Ray Milland), Rear Window (James Stewart, Grace Kelly).

1960: Psycho, Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins. The shower scene took seven days to film.

1963: The Birds, Tippi Hedren.

This story Dial H for humbled first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.