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Hilton Green

Marnie & Psycho Assistant Director HILTON GREEN was interviewed on tape in Pasadena, December 3rd 2012.

“I take offence at the portrayal of Hitchcock. I was with him a long time, and I was very close to Hitch and I never ever saw him as the way they portrayed him. When he came on the set, and blurted out and raised his voice, that never happened. There was no one to me like Alfred Hitchcock, and I feel so badly he never won the academy award and that bothered him.

“He didn’t bring to the set his problems, if there were problems. The only time I saw him emotionally upset and he called me into his office on the set (1958), and we were doing a television show, this was before Psycho and Marnie, I was the assistant on the show, and he had tears in his eyes and he couldn’t go on. He had tears in his eyes as he had just found that Alma had cancer. That was the only time I saw him emotionally upset. And he left that afternoon. He told me to go through and he just left.

“That’s what he had his fantasies, but in far as being connected, no, they were just fantasies. I feel they are just trying to exploit him today, the man is dead, he had a great career, he was a genius of a director, he was not in the in-crowd because he didn’t go to parties, and I felt he was more of an introvert. He wanted to know his crews, he didn’t want new faces. He was very professional. He knew exactly what he wanted and how to get it and there wasn’t any guessing.”

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