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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day features Hitchcock working with his most difficult star!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Today’s pic really makes me smile. It’s the kind of image I want to blow up to 24X36, frame and put up on my wall. It’s not really behind the scenes of any movie, really, but it is what appears to be Hitch giving direction to Leo the Lion, MGM’s famous roaring logo.

This is one of those pictures that is just magical to me. Hitch’s body language, the framing, the angle of the mic, the position of the lion, the slice of time that is captured add up to one of my favorite images on the harddrive. Hope you guys dig it as much as I do. Click to embiggen.



Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic fibs a lot, but a column’s charm is 50% illusion!

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  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Awesome Pic!!!

    by SA_Rhyno


  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    looks shopped, another Rod Serling style composite pic?

    by awepittance

    can't say for sure it just doesn't look right, the bottom of the lion pedestal is all blurry looking

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Big cats are just fucking amazing. And so is Hitch.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    This is way cool. Poor MGM...

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    by awepittance

    " It was created as a promo shot by the studio for Alfred Hitchcock " so it's probably a prephotoshop shop if you know what i mean. As bad ass as Hitchcock was it's highly doubtful to me he'd be standing that close to a lion with no other trainers visible.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    i agree with awepittance

    by stu_pickles

    but if it in fact real then this is pretty awesome

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    by stu_pickles

    "but if, in fact, it is real, then this is pretty awesome." i fucking suck

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    i agree with the above guys...

    by phifty2 way would they let Hitch that close without a handler. He could eat that lion without even a warning.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    As much i love this column Quint, and i really do!

    by awepittance

    please specify when something is not a real behind the scenes shot, i just think it's the right journalistic thing to do : )

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Isn't it a certainty that this is a retouched photo?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Would be very easy to do, and would keep The 'Cock and the kittie from getting up in each other's grill...

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Capturing the Director

    by Green

    Promo shot or not, it's a brilliant image and a perfect metaphor for what a director does and how he/she thinks of him/herself.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Like old whores and old politicians...

    by lochkray

    Photoshopped promotional studio photographs eventually become respectable with age. It's a great pic. Oddly, if it was Chrostopher Nolan photoshopped into a picture with the MGM lion, taken yesterday, it would be cheezy and stupid. Go figure.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Are we sure that even IS Hitch?

    by StarWarsRedux

    I'm not even talking about the "shop" question. We can't see his face. We're taking the identity for granted due to the name on the chair. For all we know, it could just be a fat, balding stuntman.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by thepentaveret

    Or whatever they called it back then. "Matted!"

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    I was supplying today, and I checked the desk as usual. Inside I found this DVD starring Jon Voight as the titular Pope John Paul II. Jon Voight, sure, I can see that. Cary Elwes? Don't know much about the guy, but I imagine he needs to pay the bills as much as the next person. But James Cromwell? Christopher fucking Lee? Why would they stoop to such a low?!

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Tippi Hedren looks so weird in that picture.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    yeah looks fake

    by Rupee88

    sorry but it's just obvious to me and others here

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    and Hitchcock's head is blocking the camera

    by Rupee88

    yes superfake

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Be better if Hitch had a megaphone

    by Fred

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Who cares?

    by Sunhawk7

    This is what I don't get about this place. Who cares if the photo is real or altered? It's obviously been, but that's not the point at all. I'm just amazed at the number of people that love to take the piss out of something. Man, I'm glad I still love movies and the illusion.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Fake or not, I like the pic...

    by bubcus

    If it's real, fantastic. If it's not, it succeeded in bringing a smile to my face on first glance. Happily awesome.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Looking at it, you know it's a fake.

    by mistergreen

    The glow around the lion and the bottom of its stand is awkwardly cut. And everything is in focus.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    It's a composite, yes, but WHEN was it composited?

    by Royston Lodge

    Is it a recent photoshop job, or is it an actual promotional image that a studio's promotional department created via old-fashioned techniques back in the day? If the trickery is a studio original, then it's still worthy of being framed and hung on the wall. If it's a recent photoshop, then it is indeed "fake".

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Here's why I don't think it's Photoshop.

    by Royston Lodge

    Even someone with rudimentary skills at Photoshop (or GIMP) could do a much better job of compositing an image like that. The "glow" around the pedestal doesn't look like the sort of artifacts you get from a digital composite. Rather, it looks like the kind of blurry error you get from old-fashioned photographic trickery, like an olde tyme studio promotions department would put together. A combination of matting, double-exposure, and airbrushing.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    HITCH: Pull my finger?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    LEO: No...!

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I knew Hitch hated working with pussy

    by proevad

    but this is ridiculous

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    fucking hitchcock.

    by MainMan2001

    gotta love that bald fat old mother fucker he make great film such a birds...luv it..fart...burp..epic gas..shit.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by Bruce Conner

    Hitchcock was the most annoying excellent filmmaker of his time. I can't stand most of his movies because they're so misogynistic and his male leads were total idiots.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    its a promo pi.c when North by Nothwest was getting here:

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it's a 'fake'.

    by blackwood

    But it's entirely genuine in awesomeness.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Hitchcock was a misogynist?

    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Hitchcock hated women

    by Bruce Conner

    North by Northwest. Carey Grant comes across as a total dick and acts like one towards his girlfriend. Took me half the movie to realize we're supposed to sympathize with his character. Hitchcock personally treated his female leads like shit.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    as royston lodge said - obviously old school comp

    by Ray_Tango

    Do any of you guys really think this is 'photo-shopped'? Come on film-nerds! You can do better than that. This is clearly an old-school film composite. And obviously Hitch himself, not someone else! This is exactly the sort of publicity photos Hitch would have organised. He loves this shit.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Hittchcock did not hate women

    by Smack_Teddy

    morons. Learn some shit.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Hichcock hated women

    by Bruce Conner

    Morons. Learn some shit. Hell society at large during the time appeared to hate women based on Hitchcock films. Makes me wanna vomit.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Insane in the membrane....

    by Bruce Conner

    Hitchcock said he was sent by his father on numerous occasions to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him away for ten minutes as punishment for behaving badly. This idea of being harshly treated or wrongfully accused is frequently reflected in Hitchcock's films. Hitchcock's mother would often make him address her while standing at the foot of her bed, especially if he behaved badly, forcing him to stand there for hours. These experiences would later be used for the portrayal of the character of Norman Bates in his movie Psycho.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Hittchcock did not hate women

    by Smack_Teddy

    moron. Learn some shit.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    He used to always say,"ladies I am juicy goodness".

    by UltraTron

    He was also known for extreme donkey punching.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    No he didnt hate women.he was just your typical

    by KilliK

    womanizer who used his status and power to fuck his female protagonists in his films.legendary director though.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST


    by alice133

    without the photoshop. which means it took about a week.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    That's a big pussy

    by Dennis_Moore

    and Hitch sure did love it.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I think Hitchcock would rather work with animals then people

    by AsimovLives

    He really didn't had any love for the actors, they were props to him, anoying props that had this bothersome habit of having a personality.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    killik, i don't think fucking around was Hitchcock's thing

    by AsimovLives

    He loved to control. And he was also a voyeour. But his man thing was power. To manipulate and make women look and act as he wished. i don't believe he ever actually had sexual intercourse with anybody else but his wife Alma after marriage. To his wife Alma, he was nothing but extremely deferent and respectful. She was her advisor and confessor. She was the great woman behind the great man. It might come as weird as how a man who obsessed with other women, specially blonde types, could be respectful to his wife. But i think that only Alma was the only real woman of his life, she and his daughter Patricia. The other women, and mostly his leading ladies of his movies, they were fantasy figures that spured his sexual fantasies of empowerment, dominion and voyourism. But he never loved them, he really never had affection to them. They were his erotic props, the same way others might get from an ocasional reading of a pornographic magazine in the bathroom even though they are happily married. I doubt Hitchcock ever felt tempted to leave her for another woman. Hitchcock loved his wife and daughter. The other women were mere sexual object toys.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    "they were fantasy figures that spured his sexual fantasies..." Dude, thanks for making me throw up a little into my mouth this early on a Saturday. Now I'm gonna have images of Hitch pulling on it with one hand and an 8 x 10 of Kim Novak in the other hand!

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Christ, guys, it is NOT Photoshop...

    by Uga

    It is a composite picture from the '50s - no Hitchcock wasn't actually in front of the lion, but there was no "digital" trickery involved. Scissors and tape, most likely.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    i knew this would be a picture of a animal or corpse

    by Orion

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    nolan goes for realism

    by Orion

    Nolan would've had that beast in a fucking deadlock.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    err headlock.

    by Orion

    Damn autocorrect

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Cary Grant comes off as a dick in North by Northwest? In what way?

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That imagery you got was certainly not my intention. Sorry.

  • Who just so happens to be Eva Marie Saint at the height of her sexiness. You would do it too, regardless if you are a jerk or not.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I saw this years ago, so it's not Photshopped, but it is retouched

    by Meinert Hansen

    Done the old-fashioned way before computer image manipulation - darkroom technique or cut and paste and re-photographed and retouched by hand.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Well, certainly the Cary Grant character plays to the trope of the everyday man with hidden heroic abilities. And besides, the gal was gorgeaus. Sure, she mith had anoyed him a bit in teh start, but frankly, he was already head over heels inlove over her by then. And who can blame him? Beside,s she never acted evil, manipulative, sure, but she was in a mission for a higher goal, and she had to do everything to carrie her mission. Something that Thornhill quickly understood and forgave her for. As you would. Hitchcock knew what he was doing when he put aparent everyday men as the protagonists of his movies, specially his more lightweighted thrillers like NORTH BY NORTHWEST. He knew that many men have this desire to be an awesome badass spy who's sleeping inside the body of an average joe who's awaiting the right stimulus to awaken and kick ass and save the gorgeaus damsel in distress and gain her eternal love. Though i cannot think of Cary Grant as an average everyday joe. The man was a god of male beauty, not many men can compare to him, then or now.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I guess some people think that special effects and image manipulation only started with CGI. You should go to IMDB and in the page about 2001 you should see how many coments there are about people asking how the CGI of the movie was made. I kid you not!

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    That's a fake

    by travismays

    Doesn't count.

  • Feb. 5, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    No problem man. Just... *shudders*