1998 32¢ Alfred Hitchcock
Issue Date: August 3, 1998
City: Los Angeles, CA
Printed By: American Packaging Corp. for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Master of the thriller film, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (1899-1980) directed more than 50 motion pictures during his career. Through the years, he became as popular as those who starred in his suspenseful movies. A brilliant technician who incorporated humor into his films, Hitchcock’s influence on younger movie producers was unmatched.
The son of a poultry dealer, Hitchcock was born in London. He attended St. Ignatius College and studied engineering at the University of London. His first job in the movie field was designing title cards for silent films. He made several melodramas in England during the 1920s and 1930s, and his Blackmail (1929) was the first English film with sound. Hitchcock’s premier American movie, Rebecca (1940), won an Academy Award for best picture.
In many of his motion pictures, Hitchcock made brief appearances. Several television shows during the 1950s and 1960s, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, increased his popularity. In 1967, Hitchcock received the Academy’s life achievement award. Some of his most famous movies are Rear Window (1954), Psycho (1960), and The Birds (1963).