Why comparing Alfred Hitchcock to Harvey Weinstein is unjustified

The recent reports of Harvey Weinstein have been unjustly compared to Alfred Hitchcock, precipitated by Tippi Hedren’s allegations of Hitchcock’s alleged misconduct on the set of Marnie (1964). Yet, despite Hedren’s evolving reports, with the exception to a much lesser extent by Diane Baker (supporting actress on Marnie), the vast majority of actresses who worked with Hitch have nothing but complimentary remarks to say about him. None of them mention sexual harassment. They span from Grace Kelly in 1953, to Barbara Leigh Hunt, some twenty years later during the filming of Frenzy.

BRIGITTE AUBER, To Catch A Thief, 1955: “I have not changed my point of view on Hitchcock. He was a brilliant and wonderful man.”

DORIS DAY, The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956: “Hitch was wonderful, a great director and a good friend. I loved working with him. In The Man Who Knew Too Much he shot the scene when I find out that my son is kidnapped from many different angles and he always knew exactly what he wanted.”

KIM NOVAK, Vertigo, 1958: “He is one of the great directors and one to be studied. He was a perfectionist and didn’t make any short cuts.”

EVA MARIE SAINT, North by Northwest, 1959: “My experience with Hitch was one of utter respect, warmth, friendliness and humour, and North by Northwest was a glorious time in my life.”

KARIN DOR, Topaz, 1969: “I loved working with Hitchcock and get very upset when other people criticise him”

BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT, Frenzy, 1972: “He never touched me. I was very distressed to read all the reports about him in the newspapers. It wasn’t the Hitch that I knew.”

 

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