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Alfred Hitchcock smiles

Alfred Hitchcock smiles

May 19, 1959: Suspense master Alfred Hitchcock lets a rare grin escape as he and his wife, Alma, pause for fans and photographers at the Shrine Auditorium, where they were attending a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet.

The Bolshoi Ballet performed “Romeo and Juliet” for a packed house of over 6,600, the first of 14 performances in Los Angeles. This photo was published in the May 20, 1959 L.A. Times.

The photo also was published in the 1999 Los Angeles Times book, “High Exposure: Hollywood Lives — Found Photos From the Archives of the Los Angeles Times.”


  1. November 16, 2012, 2:50 pm

    Hitch and Alma were filming Psycho when this photo was shot, deeply in debt, having mortgaged their home in Beverly Hills to produce it when backers shrank. The new "Hitchcock" film, alas not made by him, shows Alma and Hitch collaborating on Psycho in a different light than this photo implies. Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren play themselves playing the Bickersons more than they attempted to portray Alma and Hitch. I wonder what their only child Pat thinks about it?? Other than that the personalities of her parents are unrecognizable.

    By: craigbhill
  2. November 17, 2012, 5:48 am

    This photo was NOT taken at the time Hitchcock was filming Pyscho as implied by a previous comment. Cameras didn't roll on Psycho until November 1959. At the time this photo was taken, Hitchcock had been preparing No Bail for the Judge which was to star Audrey Hepburn. Ultimately, No Bail did not happen.
    This night at the Bolshoi Ballet is referred to in the book "Writing with Hitchcock," as Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes, his most frequent writing collaborator in Hollywood with whom he had a falling out, happened to be seated next to each other.

    By: stevenderosa
  3. November 17, 2012, 10:17 am

    How did his pants get so wrinkly?

    By: Joel Gunz

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