Mother Figures in Alfred Hitchcock's Films

A boy's best friend is his mother.

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Mother figures

Mother figures play an important part in the following Hitchcock movies:

The Lodger, 1926/1927
Easy Virtue, 1927
The Farmer’s Wife, 1927/1928
Foreign Correspondent, 1940
Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 1940/41
Suspicion, 1941
Saboteur, 1942
Shadow of a Doubt, 1942/1943
Spellbound, 1944/1945
Notorious, 1945-46/1946
Rope, 1948
The Trouble With Harry, 1954/1955
The Wrong Man, 1956
Vertigo, 1957/1958
North by Northwest, 1958/1959
Psycho, 1959-60/1960
Frenzy, 1971/1972



Mother in The Wrong Man

Henry Fonda as Manny Balestreros in Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man.

Hello, mother! Henry Fonda as Manny Balestreros in The Wrong Man (1956).


Mother figures in Shadow of a Doubt

Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn as Herbert, a man living with his mother. Shadow of a Doubt (1943).

The other mother in Shadow of a Doubt is Emma Newton (played by the wonderful Patricia Collinge). She is the warm but naive mother in the Newton family. She is obsessed with her brother Charles, who, in her view, has achieved something in life, but in fact is a serial killer.


The Evil Mother in Notorious

Notorious: Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains)

This high angle shot occurs when Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains) tells his mother that he is married to an American spy.


The crazy mother in Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train: Bruno (Robert Walker) admiring his mother's (Marion Lorne) painting

The dysfunctional family in Strangers on a Train. Bruno (Robert Walker) admiring his mother's (Marion Lorne) painting.



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