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Alfred Hitchcock

This is perhaps an obvious choice, however, most people tend to overlook the Master of Suspense’s early work as well as the relevancy of his last film as a key element in the continuing transition and development of the genre he defined.

One of Hitchcock's early triumphs, this predecessor to the mistaken identity man on the run scenario Hitchcock turned to time and again, stars Robert Donat as the innocent wrongly accused of murder and pursued by both the police and enemy spies. This is the first example of Hitchcock’s mastery over the suspense tale, giving us a glimpse of the greatness to come.

Considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest works, this story of two men who meet by chance on a train and frivolously discuss swapping murders is a prime example of a common Hitchcock theme of the man who suddenly finds himself within a nightmare world over which he has no control. You can easily see how this film lays the ground work for the more popular “North by Northwest”.

Alfred Hitchcock's final film is a light-hearted thriller involving phony psychics, kidnappers and organized religion, all of which cross paths in the search for a missing heir and a fortune in jewels. Here, Hitchcock has brilliantly developed his signature form to include the now common, and often overused, device of plot twist, after plot twist, after plot twist. Widescreen!

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In a Huge Week, More News on ''Alias,'' ''Charmed'' and ''Smallville''

By AmyLawrence

July 31st, 2003

Casting calls and news items in the TV community come in each day here to Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve. Today's call includes notices on old faves "Alias," "ER," "Smallville," "Sopranos" and two new MTV shows for the "TRL" crowd.

Alexandra the Great: A new pilot for MTV is Alexandra’s video diary of her dysfunctional life. MTV is working on a lot of teen programming for the tots-- See “You are Here” below.

Alias: We've got new Russian bad guys and new German bad guys introduced in episode 302, called "Succession."

All My Children: Maria’s sister Anita returns to Pine Valley, perhaps to become a new age-y healer. Also new is Steven Childs, a young businessman.

All of Us: This Will and Jada Smith-produced show is getting a new character. Jasey will be Tia’s best friend. This means nothing to me.

The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire: The singing auditions for the Easter Pageant heat up, with overweight Sylvie Hump going for the obvious by flashing the judges during her ABBA number.

Boomtown: Police wannabe Wally Pollard becomes part of a crime ring that allows him to impersonate a cop, with tragic results. What Wally calls “duty,” we call “murder."

Charmed: In “Power of Three Blondes," we meet Mabel, Mitzy and Margo, the evil alter egos of the Charmed Ones. In “Forget Me Not," a higher power takes away Wyatt and everyone’s memories of Wyatt, but the girls are stronger that that and get him back. C'mon, you knew they would.

Cold Case: In “The Runner," a mysterious tape opens up a 30-year-old cop killing.

CSI: In “Assume Nothing," a pair of serial killers is brought to justice, but not by the CSI team-- the killers are found dead.

Days of Our Lives: New character Bonnie Lockhart is a NASCAR-loving, lotto-playing maid and single mom to Mimi. She’ll be around for at least three years.

Dragnet: Creepy Victor Hayman shoots a woman during sex play at a Hollywood party. It’s up to Friday to trace “The Magic Bullet."

ER: In "Dear Abby," we meet Jing Mei’s parents, and they do not approve of her relationship with Dr. Pratt. And Abby has to deal with a lot of medical sh*t, including the inept new resident, Morris.

JAG: A woman officer goes M.I.A. during the Gulf War, and takes up the bedouins and marries their sheik. For this, she gets court martialed.

Joan of Arcadia: In the second episode, God speaks through a chess geek and a postman.

Judging Amy: Lauren’s teacher berates Amy for ignoring Lauren and her schoolwork in “Ex Parte of Five."

King of Queens: Rachel Dratch returns as Spence’s girlfriend. Love her.

Las Vegas: Cousin Donny’s in town for his wedding, a 60s affair with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix impersonators. Vegas being Vegas, Donny’s betrothed is not who she says she is.

Lyon’s Den: Jack must defend the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen in a sexual harassment suit, brought on by one of the woman’s female employees.

Malcolm in the Middle: The fam’s going to Vegas! Or, at least to a Boone Vincent (they couldn’t get Wayne Newton) concert.

Navy N.C.I.S.: An officer dies on Air Force One, and no one can figure out jurisdiction for the case. As the bodies start to pile up, the C.I.S. get to work.

Nip/Tuck: I watched and I hated, but in the episode “Cara Fitzgerald,” plain wallflower Cara has a car accident and life-changing reconstructive surgery. Yep, the guys make her gorgeous and she’s thrilled that she almost died in the wreck, because now she’s popular.

Oliver Beene: Oliver’s dad wages a parking war with a neighbor. In no way will this be as funny as when George Costanza waged a parking war on Seinfeld. Also, Oliver falls for a Swedish exchange student.

Overhaulin’: In this show for TLC, the crew finds and fixes up those junk cars on blocks that guys always say they are “restoring” that the rest of us call “redneck eyesores."

She Spies: In “Last Man Standing,” the sister of a double agent who was killed is out for revenge.

Smallville: In "Extinction", high schooler Van Kersey is out to rid Smallville of all its freaks. This means you, Clark!

The Sopranos: All I got is that Pussy’s brother Duke show up in episode 508.

Strong Medicine: Utilizing the oldest joke in the book, one of the doctors on the show has to go to handwriting school because her prescriptions are illegible. I’m not kidding.

Tarzan: Jane and her boyfriend are cops, but he gets killed on duty. Jane vows that no one will get killed on her watch again, even if she has to ask Tarzan for help.

That 70s Show: Kelso takes up with his back-up girl, Heather, who becomes his fresh start girl when Jackie sees them together and announces she’s not choosing him over Hyde. Heather’s response to her promotion? “Yay!"

Threat Matrix: Homeland Security must investigate terrorists who make their money by selling meth.

Two and a Half Men: Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer??? It’s an unholy alliance!

You Are Here: This MTV pilot takes place in a mall and centers on the lives and loves of the mallrats who hang out there. It’s sort of melty, but oh so delicious.