Alfred Hitchcock was the son of a Leytonstone  green grocer.

Chocolate syrup was used for the blood in the famous shower scene in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock movie 'Psycho'. The scene lasts for about 45 seconds in the movie, but took 7 days to film.

The Alfred Hitchcock film 'Psycho' (1960) was the first film to show a toilet flushing. The character Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) was shown flushing a toilet with a torn up paper swirling in the water.

11/2008 E-mail  from March Warn, Missouri
I was going through the trivia section of the site, and read the small item about Alfred Hitchcock.  I thought I might add a couple of more food-related Hitchcock stories.

At one dinner Hitchcock hosted, the food was served very formally in covered silver service dishes by hired staff.  But when the covers were removed, it was revealed that all of the food was blue, either naturally or artificially colored:  blue potatoes, blue meat, blue vegetables, etc.  It is reported that several guests could not bring themselves to eat the oddly colored food.

Hitchcock once hosted an elaborately formal dinner--one of those at which every place at the table had a card with the name of the guest.  The twist was that none of the cards at the table had the names of anyone at the dinner.  The guests milled about, circling the table like children in a game of musical chairs, looking in vain for their assigned place.
I understand that both of these events were typical of Hitchcock's twisted sense of humor.



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