circa 1960:  Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980), British film director.  (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
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12 Underrated Alfred Hitchcock Movies Worth Watching
Family Plot
Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most influential directors in cinema history, made several pictures that have flown under the radar, such as “Family Plot.” The movie about characters vying for a family fortune has a complex plot, but Hitch handles the narrative twists and turns masterfully, juggling the many pieces without letting any of them fall.
Strangers ON A TRAIN
In “Strangers on a Train,” two men engage in a conversation that leads to a devious plan: They murder the other's object of their disdain to reduce the possibility of their getting caught. This film falls into a category of cinema that Hitchcock frequented quite a bit, that of “innocent man gets caught up in a criminal scheme and must find a way out of it.”
The Man Who ... (1934)
Hitchcock would remake “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” but this version is still more than just a curiosity in his canon. A married couple on vacation witnesses a man mysteriously shot and killed, and Hitchcock keeps the film moving at a brisk pace, delivering several sequences that are bound to put even modern moviegoers on the edge of their seats.
The Man Who ... (1956)
Much of the plot was retained for this remake, but what's changed is Hitchcock's directorial style. The original version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” saw the director wring a fair amount of suspense from several key sequences, and in this version, rarely a minute goes by without a threat of something ominous about to happen.
One of Hitchcock’s better experiments, “Rope” takes place in real-time and in one large (mostly) unbroken take. Two men murder their classmate as part of a bizarre intellectual experiment, and Hitchcock squeezes out considerable suspense whenever a dinner guest appears close to opening the wooden chest, i.e., the corpse’s casket.