Let me first kick this one off with a very enthusiastic HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALFRED HITCHCOCK.
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock entered the world on August 13, 1899–making today his 113th birthday of sorts (were he still alive, of course).
Hitchcock was one of the strongest, most influential directors in film history, involved in over 50 productions–roughly 40 of which he directed–not even including his dark anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. And while his work could plumb the depths of despair and the human psyche (Dial ‘M’ For Murder, Strangers on a Train, Psycho, Vertigo) they could also be delightfully fun (The Trouble with Harry, North by Northwest).
One of his directoral tropes that added some levity included (often subtle) cameos in all of his films; spotting them became a game for many moviegoers. A personal favorite is that of Lifeboat, wherein he needed to somehow insert himself into a story about a handful of survivors trapped on a lifeboat without magically appearing in the sea. How did he solve this conundrum? By placing himself in an ad within a newspaper lying on the bottom of the boat; a weight-loss ad, where Hitchcock is the “Before” and (still chubby) “After” picture. (He always did have a great sense of humor.)
In honor of this genius, we’re proud to present almost every cameo he ever made. Happy birthday, Sir.