Saturday, June 05, 2010
Screen Gem Saturdays: Trouble at the Pet Store
Anyone who knows me very well knows that I am a huge admirer of Tippi Hedren. The Alfred Hitchcock movie, “Marnie” (1964) ranks as one of my very favorite movies; one of those rare films that has so much going on that it bears repeated viewings. Tippi’s film career with Hitch began with “The Birds” (1963). Although it definitely was a much more successful film, it just never really appealed to me very much—it comes off as trying too hard to be arty. There are many extremely well-done and memorable scenes, but as a whole, I feel it was an experiment that just didn’t really gel. Tippi’s performance is passable, especially when one considers that this was her first lead in a major film. Still, her acting in “Marnie” blows this one away. More on that in another post. The photo posted here shows Tippi in the bird store at the beginning of “The Birds,” where she playfully flirts with Rod Taylor. A lobby card from the original release follows; it is often mistakenly thought that the image on the right side of the lobby card is also Tippi when it is actually Jessica Tandy.
Hitch did a huge build-up for Tippi, as he wanted her to eclipse Grace Kelly and all the other “cool blondes” from his past. Here are some publicity photos of her:
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