Alfred Hitchcock Classic Movie Trivia – By Philip Smolen

If you’re a movie fan, then you have your favorite Alfred Hitchcock moments, from the famous shower sequence in “Psycho” (1960) to James Stewart hanging on by his fingertips in “Rear Window” (1954). Horror film directors should pay for the construction of a Hitchcock museum, so film goers can see where one of the major roots of the modern horror film began. So to celebrate the man who forever changed suspense movies, here are ten trivia questions based on his films. Answers are provided below. Enjoy!

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1. Hitch loved to make cameo appearances in his films. In his claustrophobic classic “Lifeboat” (1944) where is Hitch?

a) In a newspaper ad
b) Cowering in the back of the boat
c) He sits next to Walter Slezak for the entire film

2. What Hitchcock screenwriter described “Psycho” as “the work of a sadistic SOB?”

a) Ernest Lehman
b) Ben Hecht
c) Charles Bennett

3. Sir Alfred definitely had a thing for cool blonde heroines. Which of his films featured a brunette star?

a) “The Paradine Case” (1947)
b) “Lifeboat” (1944)
c) “Dial M for Murder” (1954)

4. What actor starred in the most Hitchcock thrillers?

a) James Stewart
b) Cary Grant
c) Joseph Cotton
d) a and b

5. What is the name of the theme music from Sir Alfred’s long running TV show?

a) “Funeral March of a Marionette”
b) “Night on Bald Mountain”
c) “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

6. What is a McGuffin?

a) It’s the name of the microfilm in “North by Northwest” (1959)
b) It’s the broach that Kim Novak wears in “Vertigo” (1958)
c) It’s a term for any element or device that drives a film’s plot
d) All of the above

7. “North by Northwest” (1959) has its climatic chase on the face of Mount Rushmore. Which of the following modern animated TV shows featured episodes that also included this great American monument?

a) “The Simpsons”
b) “Family Guy”
c) “Dexter’s Laboratory”
d) all of them

8. What was the last film Hitchcock made in England?

a) “Frenzy” (1972)
b) “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943)
c) “Family Plot” (1976)

9. Which great film composer contributed the most number of scores for Hitch’s films?

a) Franz Waxman
b) Bernard Herrmann
c) Dimitri Tiomkin

10. In “Psycho” (1960), once Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) decides to steal the money from her boss, how does Hitchcock signal this change in her moral compass?

a) She flirts with rich real estate mogul Mr. Cassidy (Frank Albertson)
b) She buys a new car once she gets to California
c) She wears black lingerie


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1. a) in a newspaper ad

2. c) Charles Bennett

3. b) “Lifeboat”

4. d) Both Stewart and Grant starred in four films for Hitch

5. a) “Funeral March for a Marionette”

6. c) It’s a term for any element or device that drives a film’s plot

7. d) All of them

8. a) “Frenzy” (1972)

9. b) Bernard Herrmann (who scored seven films for Hitch)

10. c) She wears black lingerie