Mother Figures in Alfred Hitchcock's Films
Step on a crack – break your mother’s back. A boy's best friend is his mother.
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
Shadow of a Doubt, 1942/1943
The Trouble With Harry, 1954/1955
The Wrong Man, 1956
North by Northwest, 1958/1959
Mother in The Wrong Man
Hello, mother! Henry Fonda as Manny Balestreros in The Wrong Man (1956).
Mother figures in Shadow of a Doubt
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
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
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