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Tue, 01 Jan 2019 11:00
Part One: Alfred Hitchcock: The Director Who Randomly Tortured People
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And you are also generally, you would say, a creative, a story consultant or whatnot in the. Industry, so to speak, yes, mostly for animation. I consult on my friends shows and before their shows they they have me come in and kind of like, I just know every TV show. Animation, like, I'm really into media or a lot of stuff. So it's like, I can be like, well, that's too much like this. Or maybe try that and it's like helpful to people. And you are a big fan of today's big *******. Oh yeah, Alfred Hitchcock, honestly, without question, one of the greatest directors. Yeah, there's no doubting that. Like, there's no underplaying the guys. Influence is sheer. Versatility is is really amazing. Yeah, it's it's he's it was a remarkable director with a remarkable impact. And unlike most of the ******** we talk about on our show, guys like Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, Steven Seagal, you know, these people are monsters who left the world with nothing but misery, pain, death and a couple of mediocre 90s action movies. Alfred Hitchcock is a much more complicated character to talk about when we're sort of parsing out his legacy. And so the question that that you and I have to answer today is in essence. Was it worth it? Was what we as a society got out of Hitchcock worth what the man did to some of the people around him? I mean, I hope so, but I don't know exactly what we're going to find out. Yeah, and there probably won't be a clean answer. But, you know, it helps to set up a question like that at the start of the podcast, even if we never address it again. And and, you know, hopefully the audience won't notice. I shouldn't have brought that up. Just rolled on through it. But right now we're committed together, so we're locked in arms and arm. Let's tiptoe arm and arm to. A oblivion. I don't know. I I'm I I should just move on to the story. Let's do it. Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13th, 1899, so he was a 90s kid. He's 90s kid. Yeah, and I'm an eighties, 90s kid, but mostly 90s. Yeah. So already we got a lot in common with Hitchcock. The dad side of the family was mostly a bunch of small business owners and his mom side of the family were laborers, you know? So he comes from a pretty working class background, Cockney background. So like, yeah. Alfred's dad William moved the family into the lucrative grocery store owning trade when he was just a baby. The family lived on premises at the Greens groceries they worked at, and in general seemed to have lived ideal lives as quiet, productive subjects of the crown. You know, pretty pretty normal, you know, turn of the century, British family. So while family circumstances. Comfortable enough. Father William was a strict disciplinarian. Alfred was the youngest of three children, and his dad seems to have singled him out for a particular ire throughout his life. Hitchcock was fond of relating this story, and I'm going to quote Alfred here. When I was no more than six years of age, I did something that my father considered worthy of reprimand. He sent me to the local police station with a note. The officer on duty read it and locked me in a jail cell for 5 minutes saying this is what we do to naughty boys. I have ever since gone to any lengths to avoid arrest and confinement to you young people. My messages. Stay out of jail. Now. It's debatable as to whether or not that story is true. I do want to believe that there was a time when you could just whimsically send your kid to the police station and have him locked up for a couple of minutes. My dad almost did it to me when he caught me with pot. Really? He threatened to call the police. Yeah. So I've been there. But that's a little bit like, nowadays. I don't think most parents would do that because you'd be like, well, I mean, cops shoot people sometimes. Well, my dad was like a fanatical Muslim, so. Yeah, yeah. He was against any kind of drugs and that's. Complicated police relationship there too. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. And Hitchcock's family would not have had that kind of, you know, it was the 1890s, right? They were all British and and and very Cockney Caucasians and they probably trusted the police more than we do now. It was a different era, although this does seem to have given Hitchcock kind of a lifetime hatred of police officers and all authority figures, which is we share that. Yes, it Ditto, Ditto. And it's also a pretty ever present theme in his work. You know, the police generally are not portrayed as particularly on the ball. Than Hitchcock films. And no, in a way they represent sort of like an opposition. Yeah, yeah. And that seems to have been his very much attitude. He stated in a number of interviews actually, that it must be said, to my credit, that I never wanted to be a policeman, which is like the polite 1950s equivalent of having a CAB tattooed or stuck on the back of your shirt or something like he. He definitely had a little bit of that punk attitude going. I can imagine. Yeah. Donald Spoto, who worked the biography The Dark side of Genius, notes that it's impossible to confirm or deny Hitchcock story about. Being locked in a cell for 5 minutes. Whatever the case, it's telling that he would go back to the story repeatedly in interviews and definitely says something about him as a person. Hitchcock grew up into an anxious child. He did not deal well with being left alone and was prone to flights of wild paranoia. Quote I remember when I was five or six. It was a Sunday evening. The only time my parents did not have to work. They put me to bed and went to Hyde Park for a stroll. They were sure I would be asleep until they return, but I woke up, called out, and no one answered nothing but night all around me, shaking, I got up, wandered around the empty. Dark house. And finally, arriving in the kitchen, found a piece of cold meat that I ate while drying my tears. Yeah, that's a rough story. Oh, man. Yeah. Yeah. And so far I'm with him. Yeah, so far, I'm with him. He's not nothing. Nothing like. He's just a little kid at this point. He's struggling. He's struggling. And he he begins to binge eat. And apparently his favorite foods were fried fish and bacon, which checks out with the British stuff. Very British. OK, that is British. Yeah. A lot of fried fish, a lot of bacon. He later recalled that his goal with this was to build what he described as an armor of fat to protect him from the. Well, it's kind of awesome. Yeah, it's kind of nice. And yeah, making it your own. As a young man, Hitchcock's favorite hobby involves studying the timetables of the brand new electronic trains that had just come to London. He was seven years old when the London area got its first electronic tram, and this was apparently something of, like, a local hobby at the time is just obsessing over train schedules and, like, betting how late or early a train would be. Wow, it was a boring time. Like 1907. There's not a lot. Better Dickens. Well, it's kind of like model building now. Yeah. Yeah. I feel like this is the 1906 version. Like, the people who have been doing that in 1906 grew up reading Star Wars expanded universe novels in the 1990s. Yeah, yeah, same here. I mean, here to the empire. Yeah. It's something cool and new and futuristic. So you obsess over it for a while because we didn't get Star Wars sequels. So that was the closest we got. The closest we got. It was our electronic train schedules. I think I was made fun of yes, yes, yes. I would say it made me a stronger person, but it made me better. It did make me better. You know, I'm, I'm gonna guess maybe he didn't take **** for the electronic train thing. That might have just been so cool at the time, but he was probably ahead of the curve. He was probably ahead of the curve. Train hobbyists. Hitchcock went to high school or primary school, I guess they call it. It's Saint Ignatius, which was a Catholic school that took a traditionally and expectedly Catholic attitude towards discipline. Kids were whipped on their knuckles for being bad but disciplined. There was not the sort of ad hoc affair that it's usually portrayed as being in, like movies about Catholic schools. Kids would be sentenced by their teachers for particular acts of misbehavior, and they'd have to schedule time to go get whipped by their schools. Disciplinarian. I actually grew up in a school like this. Yeah, my elementary school in Oklahoma had corporal punishment, and it was all your teachers would sentence. But the principal had to do all of the paddling. So was that movie, is it? Taps? I don't know, were there in the military school and they take over. Oh ****. No, I haven't seen that. I don't know if it's taps, it's like it's it's something, but it's it's the similar thing where the kids are are whipped and then one day they sort of like overrule the teachers. Well, we didn't ever overthrow our teachers. It was more like you'd schedule a thing with the principal and he hit you in the **** like five times with the paddle and then he signed the paddle. Yeah. Anyway, so I don't know, Hitchcock and I had this in common. It wasn't very scary at our school. It was almost more of a joke. But Hitchcock, this seemed really leave an impact on him, and it seemed to be. Something that he related to with horror. And it almost seems like, well, how old was he again? He would have been, you know, 1213. Yeah. That's really scary. And it seems like what really had an impact on him was the sort of inevitable nature of once you get sentenced, like, you have to go schedule the time. It doesn't happen immediately. So you've just got this dread approaching, which is, again, something that's really present in his movies. Yeah. Like, he's the master of suspense. Exactly. So, like, it seems like you can kind of see these little bits of him getting programmed as he's young by sort of these. Experience. One of his best methods in fill in his filmmaking is where the audience knows something's coming but the main character doesn't. Yeah. And he's like, in a way that's similar. Yeah. He likes to torment you with. Right. He learned that. And yeah, here's what he said about it later quote. The method of punishment, of course, was highly dramatic because the form master would tell the people of his wrongdoing and the people would have to go before the disciplining priest. It was left to the people to decide when he would go for the punishment. And of course, he would keep putting it off. And then at the end of the day, he would go to a special room where there would be a priest or a lay brother who would administer the punishment. Like, in a minor way, going for execution. I think it was a bad thing. It was not like they give the boys a cane and other schools. This was a rubber strap. If by chance you had gone as bad as to be sentenced to, shall we say, 12, you would have to spread it over 2 days because each hand could only take 3 strokes as it became numb. So it's I was, I was actually hit by my mom, not my dad. And she would do that where she would count during the day, how many hits I would get. Oh, wow. Yeah. And if I was really bad, she'd use, like a like a spatula. Yeah. And this was on my, my bum. Yeah, but that's, like, horrifying. Like that knowledge, that knowledge that, like, you got I think the most was 17 were coming my way. And, yeah, you're late there. It seems like it was 12 for him. But like, yeah, that's that clearly left an impact on this guy, too. This idea that, like, it is terrifying. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. And makes you hate your mother. Yeah. Well. Yeah, exactly. I don't think Hitchcock grew up super fond of authority figures, partly as a result of this and as a result of his. Yeah. So of course, we're seeing the man sort of come together here as a child. Spoto, also his biographer, also thinks that this had a major impact on the content of his movies. Hitchcock was described at the time by other kids and his primary school as being different from the beginning. One of his schoolmates later described him as a lonely fat boy who smiled and looked at you as if he could see straight through you. Jesus. Yeah. So he's. I mean, that's a movie right there. That is. Yeah, he sounds like he's a little bit children of the corn or something. Yeah, yeah, I was about to say it's kind of like that. Yeah. Now, Mr and missus Hitchcock called their son Fred. He hated this name. He also hated his nickname Cocky, which he received during his time in Catholic school. What with the news today, when you hear that he got nicknamed cocky at Catholic school, it is natural to assume the worst, but actually it's a little bit less. Messed up than it might otherwise be. I don't really understand where cocky came from this nickname, so I'm going to read that. The story a classmate gave his biographer about how he got his nickname Cocky. Hitchcock became a notorious purloined of eggs from the priests Hen house on the forbidden side of the Presbyterian Garden. He loved to steal the eggs and throw them on the windows of the Jesuit residence. When an angry priest ran out, demanding to know who had dirtied the glass, cocky offered an innocent look, glanced at the sky, shrugged and said, I don't know father, it looks like the birds have been flying overhead. That's how he got the nickname even to junior. Voice of cocky. Now, this egg story is particularly interesting to me in light of another Hitchcock quote I found in an article on the Telegraph. Quote I'm frightened of eggs. Worse than frightened they were. Volt me that white round thing without any holes. Have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling? Its yellow liquid blood is jolly red, but egg yolk is yellow. Revolting. I've never tasted it. Oh, that's cool. That's so weird. That is like the coolest. So weird. But it's so cool. It's like kind of like I've never heard anyone. Like, say that about an A. It blows my mind. Actually, he definitely has. That's what makes him interesting, is his perspective is so strange. Yeah, you know, like, right there. You can see it. He's clearly coming at the world from a different angle than everybody else's. Even his lie about like, a normal kid would lie like somebody else was throwing eggs at the priest's house. He was like, no, no, no. The birds were flying overhead and they blamed it on the birds. Even, like, age 12. He didn't like birds back then. No, no, never liked birds. I agree. We kind of don't trust them either, because you don't know what. Saying no, and they're definitely planning something. Ohh, all that chirping. There's like a there's like a plot. He tried to warn us. Now, Hitchcock preferred to use his own chosen nickname, Hitch, and he preferred that to cocky or Fred. Or tragically Fred. ****. ****. That would have been what I would have picked, **** but he preferred hitch. Hitch was an odd kid, and from the beginning he was insecure about his weight. But if you're picturing young Hitchcock as a troubled, bullied loner, well, that might not quite be fair. Primary school seems to be where Hitch first ignited. His love of pranking people. And he did this in a way that I think was definitely bullying. I'm going to read a quote now from the dark side of genius. In the early afternoon, between a lecture class and a quiet study time, the boys were free to gather in the schoolyard near the church. Gould, who was one of his classmates, then nine, was suddenly yanked away from his peers by Hitchcock and an accomplice and dragged off to another forbidden area, the basement boiler room of the school, before he could cry out her struggle. Not much use in any case, against two bigger boys. Gould was bound hand and foot. Once he was immobilized, he was prey to a carefully planned psychological torture that could have ended disastrously. His trousers were pulled down and Hitchcock quickly stepped behind him. There was the sound of a scratching noise and the two bullies. Passed up the stairs, young Gould must have thought he was attacked by a firing squad. At once. The sound of gunfire exploded, but it was a string of firecrackers that had been pinned to his underwear and ignited. It was a good job I wasn't burned, Gould remembered. I stood there shaking and crying for I don't know how long until someone finally found me and set me free. Of course, I was too frightened to tell anyone who had done it. I was afraid of recrimination, and they knew it. I guess you could say Alfred Hitchcock had a sense of the McCabe even at school. Jesus. Yeah. That's kind of going a little far, right? I mean, I think. I think I used to. Join in with the popular kids teasing. We all did some **** we're not proud of. Yeah, nothing that like, just horrific. Like tying a kid up and pending firecrackers to his underpants is that's a step that's nuts. That's a step beyond. I mean, like, if anything is going to get you into film school, yeah, you can tell that story and be like, yeah, if this was a movie, Gould would have been the one who became a great director. But. I know. Isn't it funny? One of the tormentors. Yeah, became the director. Yeah, well, if you're going to be a heart like, I'm gonna bet Eli Roth was pretty rough to be in high school with. And David Lynch, Can you imagine? Oh my God. Yeah. Him torturing insects. We should see if there's some kids missing from David Lynch's elementary. That should be your next guy to go after. Now, as a teenager, Alfred Hitchcock grew enthralled with crime literature, starting with the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and moving on to what we're essentially early true crime books, accounts of actual criminal cases and investigations, Spoto says. Hitchcock came to think of the murderers he studied as his heroes, rather than their victims or the people who caught them. When he did focus on details of the victims experience, the thing that interested him most was how much they'd suffered. Alfred left School in 1913, when he was 14, and he spent the next several years doing a mix of odd jobs, artistic experimentation, and occasional rough attempts at some kind of secondary education. He attended many plays and grew enthralled by the young art of filmmaking, but he had no time at the moment to consider that as a career option. On December 12th his dad died. Hitchcock was only 15 and suddenly found himself caretaker to a very demanding mother. Quote my mother psycho? Maybe a little bit. My mother was meticulous about our home and her person. She never left the house without presenting herself at her best, her posture, her demeanor, her dress, her shoes perfectly polished, a well kept handbag inside as well as outside, and gloves whenever possible. Now, while he was still at school and as a young man, Hitchcock's mother expected him to come by her bedside every evening and describe in excruciating detail what he'd done that day. When he was married. His mom accompanied him and his wife on vacations from the time they got married up until her death. Now, unfortunately, there's not as much detail on their relationship as I'd like, or at least I was not able to find it, but every detail I was able to find makes it seem like it's a little bit weird. Yeah, she was a bit of a demanding lady, especially since he he kind of took over for his dad. That's kind of. Weird. Yeah. Almost like you're my new husband. Yeah. You know what I mean? Like, there's like that creepy thing happening. Well, and it's it's kind of what you have happening at a in cycle where, you know, they run this this. I mean, she. I don't think he's base is taking it well. OK. Because his dad gets murdered. Right. And psycho, I don't remember that detail, but I it is sort of a controlling mother and a sort of, like, son that has to, like, manage the business. Yes. And he's almost like the face while she just hides. Yeah. And while she just hides. It's one of those things. They're like. It is easy if you're, like, going back into someone's life after the point and trying to, like, come up with things that might have inspired their art to pick on stuff like this. But at the same time, like, you really do see some of this coming together, even in that line that he was always more sympathetic to murderers because Psycho was very much normal. Yeah, it's from Norman's side of things, but I was also, I think, in the movie. I don't think they even mentioned the father. Yeah, I don't. You know, I don't remember off the top of my head, right, because a while since I've seen it. But yeah, I mean, definitely alone. Yeah, they're both. Yeah, and it it it it does seem like he had that kind of not obviously to that extent because Hitchcock very much lived his own life after a while, but there's some there's some weirdness going on there. Was she with him all the way with with Alma? With his first wife? Yeah. Yeah. With Alma, yeah. That was that. Was that relationship so well, the family business provided some revenue. Hitchcock was forced to get a regular job in order to do his part in taking care of his mother, which seemed to be most of the part. Like, at least the stories I've read really emphasize, Hitchcock was the one taking care of them, even though he was the youngest. In 1915, he found a gig at the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company. He appears to have instantly impressed his supervisor and was transferred to the advertising department. So clearly somebody recognizes this kid ought to be doing something that, like, is presenting our business to people like he recognized. This guy's got a creative gift. Yeah, it seems like it was immediately obvious to the people he had. He had the eye. So Hitchcock spent most of his time at the Henley Telegraphic Cable Company drawing laying out ad brochures, and he focused mostly on visual. Presentation how to deliver a message to an audience in the most impactful way. One of his first jobs was to make an ad to convince churches and other institutions to install electrical lights. Quote from Hitchcock. I'd write church lighting on the cover of a brochure and then draw 2 candles and there would be darkness all around suggesting that church lighting by candles alone won't be enough to light any surface. So he's already playing with light. He's already like, we can see the evolution of this thing that's going to go into being his great talent. So Hitchcock and his family weathered the Great War better than most. Families in England he worked hard and he moved up the ranks of the ad world. By the time he was twenty he was still a virgin and by his own description and uncommonly attractive young man. But he was ambitious and talented, and when he saw that an American film company was about to open a studio in England, he knew he had to be a part of it. Quote, he quickly found out what film they were planning, and with the assistance of Henley's advertising manager, who helped him arrange a portfolio and with whom he agreed to split any fee, he went along to the Islington offices. So Hitchcock presents his portfolio and this executive takes like he's just got all these sketches. That he's drawing of Londoners like people around the city and they're really, they're described as being grotesque, the IT doesn't survive. But kid tracker just spent days drawing pictures of like people traveling through public transit in London. And he presents them to this advertising manager at this film company and the guy hires him like, that is like, you've got whatever kind of eye it is that we need, you know, films and new medium at this point. But. Right, right. Silent film is just starting. Yes. Clearly this guy's got what they're looking for, so they they bring him on. And now Hitchcock is in the film industry. So when we come back, we're going to talk about what else happens in in Hitchcock's early film career. We're going to talk about how his love of pranks came to sort of dominate his early career. And but first we're going to talk about. Yeah. Do you like adsorbed? You know what I'm a fan of? 80s commercials. Oh, OK. Well, do you want to advertise for a product from the 80s for free before we break for ads? Yeah. Crossfire. It's an excellent game. Yeah, Crossfire that had a great commercial. Yeah, right. And I rosette target not too long ago and they brought it back. Oh, ****. 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He's assistant director, art director, script supervisor, and he basically gets a chance to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking on several different projects. I'm not gonna go to detail on the individual movies because they were like, weird little early British films and stuff. And, yeah, it's not Hitchcock's vision or any, right? He's getting an eye for the details. So what's important for our story is that while he was working on the third of these films titled The Prudes fall, Alfred Hitchcock found himself a lady. Whoa. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Look at you. I mean, yeah, look at him. Alma Reveley, I think. Reveley. Yeah. Yeah. Was a freelance. Editor with the company and apparently 1921, Alfred Hitchcock's way of flirting was to completely ignore her even when she was right next to him. And never someone just snubbed her. Yeah, he snubbed her. He, like, refused to acknowledge her existence for, like months and months. And that worked because back then, I don't think anyone did that. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, if you if you liked the lady, you would kind of serenade her. Yeah, I think, yeah. No one had tried. This is almost like negging. So he's like, yeah, he's really, he's a pioneer, a pioneer of of pickup artistry. Yeah, so he ignored her for months and months and months, until one night he gave her a call at home. Is that miss Revelli? This is Alfred Hitchcock. I've been appointed assistant director for a new film. I wonder if you would accept a position as cutter on the picture, which is what they used to call editors, which were physically cutting the physical. Once she took the job and they began working more closely together, he explained to her that he was very shy when it came to women, but he's still more or less ignored her. It turned out that this is because he viewed her position editing as higher than his own. And quote, it was unthinkable for a British male to admit that a woman has a more important. Job than his. And I waited until I had the higher position assistant director. So he's going to hit on this girl. She's got a better job than he does. Oh, boy. So it's like a power thing. We're starting to get into the sketchiness now. Yeah, yeah, a little bit. Although, I mean, it's hard to say if that's that weird at the time because at the time, men were, you know, that was the common thinking, I guess. Yeah. So this still may be him more in line with, like, you know, the sort of values at the time he proposed to her while they were on board a ship from Germany to England in the middle of a dreadful. Storm at sea. Very, very romantic and dramatic propositions. Wow, yeah, she's sick and everything. They got engaged in 1921, but they didn't get married until 1926. Why? Because Hitchcock didn't want to get married until he had directed three feature films. Now, here's how he described odd rule. Well, here's his explanation for why he he had this rule. I had wanted to become first a film director and 2nd almost husband. Not in the order of emotional preference, to be sure, but because I felt the bargaining power implicit in the first was necessary in obtaining the second. Geez. It's not enough to for her to like him, you know, he's gotta, like, add to the. You got some bargaining power. Yeah. Yeah. Every relationship must have been, like, hard to win over. Yeah, it seems like it because she had a pretty good career of her own going at the time. I guess he wanted to, like, outmatch her. Yeah. Yeah, exactly. And it does seem like she worked with him for his whole career. They were collaborators. But it does seem like she kind of gave up having, like, her own independent career in order to sort of make his better, being a fan of his films. I would say that a lot of her collaboration with him. It's like some of the best. Yeah. He's done. Yeah. Yeah. Now, Hitchcock would direct something like 24 British films. He grew well known in the industry as an American style European director. So he's famous for directing like an American when Europeans are, you know, couple of years behind Americans. And he was like one of the first to come out strong. Now among his colleagues, he grew well known as * **** who played unbelievably aggressive pranks. Spotto, his biographer, suspects his motivation for these vicious pranks came from him not being where he wanted to be yet in his career and basically. Trying to gain control in his personal life by ******* with people. Uh, let's run through several a lot, really of his greatest hits. At one point he was given an assistant who, in his opinion, overdressed. This made hitch feel like he had to take the young man down a peg. He asked why the fellow always wore such Knights clothing, and the man said that it was a holdover from his time in the Royal Navy during World War One. He just sort of been trained to always dress well. That night, Hitchcock asked the young man to come with him. On a trip across the Thames, he made certain that the boat they took was uncovered so that when it rained it would drench. His young assistant and **** ** his nice outfit, ruining much of it permanently. That part's funny. It start, it starts funny. Yeah. Young Alfred seemed to have a peculiar hatred of other people having nice things, or at least doing what he saw as bragging about it. On another instance, after one of his cameramen talked about having an all new all electric kitchen, Hitchcock had two tons of coal dropped in front of the man's door. Like, still he's. It's funny. It's funny, but you can see, like, the proportions are off. Yeah, tons of coal. It's almost like he went to the extreme. Yeah, that is pranking the the footprint of a large truck worth of piles of coal. Yeah, he's kind of like the original ******* yeah, yeah, he's he's got a little bit of that going on. So he considered these to be moral lessons, but they seem to lack any sense of proportion. Spoto's depiction of his life makes that very clear. Other hitchcockian mischief, however, inflicted some real inconvenience or embarrassment on the victims for no particular reason. A featured actress received 400 smoke tearing for a birthday present and had the unpleasant task of deciding how to dispose of what was left after two days living with an all pervasive odor. After shooting the farmer's wife, Hitchcock gave a reception for the cast and crew. About 40 people in all. But the supper was served in the smallest room of a West End restaurant where Hitchcock brought an aspiring actors as waiters, one to each guest, and instructed them to serve with appalling rudeness and incivility. So just to get what he wanted on film. Yeah. Well, no, I mean, I think just to this was after it was done filming. Oh, wow. Yeah. I think this was like, like, it was a reception for the cast and crew. So he also. Oh my gosh. Yeah. It's just weird. That is weird. That's, like, it starts, like, kind of making sense. But he clearly seems to just have been compelled to do this. To set up these kind of dramatic scenes to see how people would react, you know, because I would watch him being interviewed and he was always really funny, you know, like, very witty and kind of like, I was shocked at how hilarious he could be. But I guess, like, he had a darker kind of sense. He did have a darker kind of sense. I think he would defend it by saying he was trying to teach lessons to people. And he sort of did that in the same way that he would have to a character in a movie like he. He did that, like, just in his actual life. Here's a quote from Alfred himself on one of his practical. Books quote the best practical joke I ever played was at a London hotel where I gave a dinner party for Gertrude Lawrence. I always thought blue was such a pretty color, but none of the food we eat is blue. So at this party, all the food was blue. I had the soup dyed blue, the trout, the Peaches, the ice cream. How would the guests react? How far would manners and propriety take them so that he just wants to see. He wants to tweak people to see what they do. Which is that makes very much sense. Like knowing these days he would get his own show. Yeah, and it would be probably really good. He would be Nathan for you right now. He would be the modern Nathan for you. Or if you know previous he would be like, you know, what's that show with the Aston Kutcher punk'd, right. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It is that kind of thing. I do want to note that, like, these weren't all people who had done something to offend him. He also ****** with his friends this way. Sir Gerald du Maurier, who's a prominent actor at the time, was a friend of Hitchcox. One day he came into his dressing room after a performance to find a live adult horse sitting and presumably ******** in his dressing room. A few weeks I'm entertained with these. Yeah, they're they're funny so far. Yeah. A few weeks later, Hitchcock invited Sir Gerard to a costume party and told him to dress in a ridiculous getup. So Sir Gerard shows up at this party with his face painted and dressed as a Scotsman. As you probably guessed, the party was really a black tie affair, not a costume party, and Sir Gerald left immediately, feeling very embarrassed. Now, again, a little whimsical fun. Yeah. Elsie Randolph was an actress who worked with Hitchcock on a number of films. She came to trust him and at one point confided in him that she was absolutely terrified of fire. As you might guess, Alfred gets dark. This is this is where things take a turn. Yeah, I'm seeing the term. Yeah. As you might guess, Alfred Hitchcock was basically the worst person you could ever tell about a fear. Oh, God, don't. Don't. Here a little bit, right? Because if word got around at what he does, but here's here's what he does. He waits until she goes into a telephone box, like the TARDIS. You know, like one of those, like that's that's the ones that you can't get out of. So once she's in it, he locks it from the outside and starts pumping smoke into the box in order to hilariously convince her she's about to burn to death. Wow, isn't that a funny. That is fun. I love smoke filled the telephone boxes. When you can't get out, you know, wrapped and you don't know that it's a joke. You just think. You gonna die? Oh, that is. That is a joy. That's better than Disneyland. That's better than Disneyland. Oh, God, I love a fake burning to death. It's just there's no better way to get a good laugh out of somebody. It's my favorite thing about Disney World. When you're on the space mountain and then it stops and it fills with smoke and you're you're strapped in it like, that's why everyone loves Space Mountain because you think you're going to die and the conductor is like, just kidding. So Hitchcock's usual targets were people who worked with generally people who worked under him, and thus could not really do anything about it if they'd wanted to. He often spent tremendous amounts of money just to screw with people. For one example, one Christmas he bought the entire crew of the movie he was working on enormous pieces of furniture. Sounds nice, right? Sounds like a fancy gift. But beforehand he went to the effort of checking out each of their homes individually to make sure none of them lived in houses that would fit the gifts he was buying. What the ****? Who does that? Ohh, man. Who spends thousands of dollars just to your house is too small for that. I mean, his pranks are almost as brilliant as his movies. Yeah, yeah, he's like, they're not lazy pranks. No, that's it. That's that's very interesting. We're going to keep going. There's a lot more now, from what I can tell. It seems like Hitchcock spent a lot of the money he made, especially during the early part of his career really taking off playing increasingly aggressive pranks. He had custom whoopee cushion sofa cushions made for his home furniture. That you would put out in lieu of regular cushions whenever he had a guest that he thought was too fancy. Hitchcock would then spend the entire night giving that person **** for farting at his party. He once sent a series of gifts and heated love notes to a married woman he know knew. Now this woman was one member of a couple who hosted a radio show together. He did not like their radio show and so Hitchcock decided to ruin their relationship. I wanted to see what this would do to the husband. At one point she ran after the driver who brought a gift to try and figure out who the cinder was, and finally the husband. Said on the air one day. I can't go on with the show. She's run out into the street, so I had the pleasure of breaking up that show. So he just like, no, that's that's kind of relationship. Wow. A little too far there. It was not uncommon for Hitchcock pranks to veer into abusive territory. Some of them were straight up acts of torture. One time, during the production of a film Hitchcock found boring, he bet one of his crew members a full week salary if the man could spend the night chained to a camera in the empty, darkened studio so he handcuffs this guy. Inside and leaves him with a bottle of Brandy, which he said was to ensure a quick and deep sleep. I bet you want to. You want to take a guess at what the prank was here. Oh, gosh. I mean, who knows? That furniture thing still is still throwing me that. Well, this actually. There's a little bit of relation to that. Yeah, he drugged the Brandy with powerful laxatives, causing the man to **** himself uncontrollably the entire night. Wow. I should have predicted that. Yeah, that he poisoned somebody. Fart jokes were the rest of the crew found their coworker the next morning, weeping, ashamed, badly dehydrated, and surrounded by a wide pool of his own diarrhea in the middle of the room. Gross. Yeah, that's. That's really bad. Oh man, that's not like a a fun time. Happy break. That's not like you got the couch is too big. He shed himself for 9 hours. 9 hours. Jesus Christ, boy. Yeah. Here's how the dark side of genius tried to make sense of this horrific behavior, to make others feel childish, independent. This seemed to be part of his goal. He apparently considered most people a threat. They were better looking, more intelligent, better educated, more socially acceptable than himself, and by reducing them to a sudden discomfort. Perhaps he felt he was bringing them to the level on which he always lived, by thus subjugating those he resented for whatever reason and one whatever level of consciousness. By submitting them to varying degrees of humiliation and danger. He was not only controlling them, he was in fact, exteriorized his own deepest fears, fears that would later be exteriorized chiefly on the screen, where he could subject vast numbers of people to crisis and dread. Wow. That's how spotto concludes all this. And, you know, he makes a good case for, I think I read some of that book because I was staying at a friend's house and it was on the shelf. And because at the time I was like, I've always been a fan, but I remember just pulling it off the shelf and reading a couple chapters. It's a good book. It's a good book. It's a good book. There's a lot of a lot of this is in there. There's a lot of different stories of his pranks that kind of I combed from a number of different locations. The only person I've read about who managed to turn the tables on Hitchcock was Alfred Room, who was an assistant cameraman. One of his productions did. Was he? Oh no, I'm thinking of a different room. Yeah. I mean, maybe after being repeatedly. Ranked by the director room. Put a smoke bomb under Hitch's car. Quote you never saw a fat man get out of a car quicker hitch. Never tried anything on me again. He respected you if you hit back. If you didn't, he'd have another go. So this is rooms, sort of how to deal with Hitchcock. That's awesome because it's like someone figured it out. Yeah, someone figured it out. And a few people seem to have figured it out over the course of his career. And his name was Alfred also, yeah, there was another Alfred. Now, no one at the time seemed to think Hitchcock's hobby of sometimes literally torturing people was worth talking much about. He was rarely interviewed about it, and then only near the end of his life. And one 1972 interview, he insisted his pranks were not meant to harm or denigrate their victims. So that would be Hitchcock's attitude. Well, but shooting for 9 hours? That's kind of. That seems harmful and didn't know that can't be good for your colon. Poisoning someone's alcohol with laxative seems a harmful and right, perhaps. I mean, I bet you that guy had problems later in life. Yeah, well, I mean, how could you continue working on that thing? Your coworkers all find you chained to a thing covered in ****. Like after, like surrounded by a pile of your own sick. That's the dark man. And this all counts as light compared to what we are slowly building towards. Well, I know a couple things. Yeah, you're right. Yeah. Hitchcock finally crossed over from Euro cinema to Hollywood in 1939. He hit his peak in the 1950s with a string of legendary hits. Like dial him for murder to catch a thief, Vertigo. And of course, North by Northwest. Interesting side note, Vertigo. I want to say rear window rope. And there's one more. The man who knew too much. They were not, like widely. The least or seen really like until the 80s really because they came out in the theaters, but we're just like brief. Wow. So people hadn't seen them until the 80s, like 84. They were rereleased. So I didn't know that. That's fascinating. Yeah, I didn't know that. So that's when he like, got, I guess, beloved. It was like he was, he became well known at this point. So he was still, he was kind of well known. And I mean those movies, like made him like an icon. But I think Psycho is what the biggest breakthrough. And that's what we're. We're building up. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. We're getting up to it. So he continues pranking throughout all these years. And his increasing the wealth allows him to do things like buy gigantic furniture for dozens of people just to screw with them. So, like, that's stand. We should also say thanks to Selznick. He was brought over. Oh yeah. I didn't know that. Yeah. Rebecca was his first American film. Excellent movie. It's on criterion. I highly recommend watching it. It's brilliant. Selznick was, like already a fan, so he brought him over to make that film. Oh, OK, awesome. And that's. Kind of his intro into American cinema. Yeah. And he I mean he he did very well in American cinema right now. There's there's women are often a focus in Hitchcock's films often like major characters and it blondes in particular and the Guardian described women in Hitchcock movies as quote outwardly Immaculate but full of treachery and weakness which you know at least from the the Hitchcock movies I know that seems to be an accurate description of a lot of the female characters that a little bit, yeah. And it's interesting to me, the outwardly Immaculate, because they are always blonde, they're always very put together, at least at the start of the films. And we see them sort of get degraded and picked apart. And what. Yeah. Rebecca is all about that. Yeah. I mean, that poor woman is like taking to bits at the end of the movie. And his description of his mother is that she was always very put together. You know, she would never leave the house without gloves. And yet he makes, like, made a big point of that whenever he talked about her. So that's interesting to me that, like, that is, that is like his starting point with any female characters. Like, she hits that point where, you know, it's very much. Similar to how he describes his mothers, always going out when she's very properly dressed and attired and whatnot, yeah, find that interesting right now. His deep need for control was expressed in more and more extravagant ways. This profile grew and his brilliance was recognized by a grateful, drooling, loving Hollywood. According to the Telegraph quote, he cared so deeply about protecting his art, he spared no expense making sure they were viewed in the correct manner by their audiences, buying their film rights to five of his most famous films. The man who knew too much rear window rope, the trouble with Harry. Vertigo. So they could not be screened in movie theaters for after their initial run. Subsequently, they were not seen by a cinema audience for 30 years. So that's why that happened. So he he only wanted people seeing them in like, the proper context. Exactly. So I didn't know that was coming from him. Yeah. So apparently that's sort of why, like he knew that when they were in their initial theatrical run, he could make sure that they were seen in certain ways. And then after that, rope is brilliant. Rope. Rope is probably one of his movies that I highly recommend. You see. It's it's got such artistry and and unique. Kind of style to it and like ahead of its time. And we see there, we see here that this is like, this is like the good side of sort of this need for control is he's not willing to put his movies out unless they're like, he can guarantee their, like, being seen in the proper way. So this is like, OK, that's probably part of why he was such a good director is this control. But we're also seeing sort of the dark side of this control. 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This fall on revisionist history, is there anything that we haven't talked about? I should have asked you if you'd like to add that seems relevant. You should have asked me why I'm missing fingers on my left hand. A story about sacrifice. I think his suffering drove him to try to alleviate suffering. And the shocking discovery I made where I faced the consequences of writing a book I thought would help people? Isn't that funny? It's not funny at all. It's depressing. Very depressing. Revisionist history is back with more. Listen to revisionist history on the iHeartRadio app or wherever you get your podcasts. I've never seen less enthusiasm for a great idea in my life. We're back and we're providing a free plug for the late 1980s GI Joe Aircraft Carrier Toy. Oh, wow. Great toy. Yeah. No kid owned it. It was like 10 feet long. Yeah, it was way too big for a toy. Can you imagine? Like, your dad brings that home. It's like, what? What stupid kid got that? That was like, 2 Christmases. Yeah, at least. And you immediately hated that kid. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, absolutely. I don't know why we're so into 80s ads right now, but if you make large GI Joe or aircraft carriers. And wanna or you make real aircraft carriers and you want to advertise on the show we have a lot of. Small nations building navies as listeners on this. You know, Mozambique could use a Navy, they just sold theirs to Eric Prince. So I think we have a lot of Mozambican. They're running, so it was great. Oh, thank you. Thank you. Yeah. So if, if you if you if you sell navies, advertise on our show and maybe we can sell a Navy to the next Eric Prince together. Yeah, that sounds like a goal. Yeah, that sounds like a nice thing. So back into Hitchcock. Hitchcock became infamous as his career really took off in the late 50s for writing his actors and actresses hard. This was not always a bad thing. I found a telling quote from Grace Kelly in 1979. Mr Hitchcock is often reputed to hold actors in disdain, but he actually has a special way with them and is able to get exactly what he wants. In the way of a performance, his inimitable humor puts him at ease, while his enduring patience gives them any confidence they need. Of course, sometimes he merely wears them down until he gets what he wants. So. She's being very grateful there, but you can see like he has a couple of ways of working with you. Well, she was probably less ****** with than others exactly, because she was like room. The guy who put a smoke bomb on Hitchcock's car. She pushed back, right? You know, she was very established by the time she started working with Grace Kelly was not some new starlet who starts working with this young director. Like, it's like he discovered a few, but yeah, exactly. So above all else, Hitchcock was obsessed with a quest to create the perfect actress, someone who could ideally embody the specific kinds of heroin. He wanted to write. Grace Kelly was one candidate for the role. Ingrid Bergman was another. Hitchcock fell in love with Ingrid Bergman and with Grace Kelly. Neither reciprocated spellbound. Excellent movie? Yeah, and Ingrid bourbon. Great actress. She did not reciprocate in Hitchcock's falling in love with her. So Alfred started telling all of their colleagues a story that after a dinner party, the famously beautiful starlet had cornered this elderly, obese director in his bedroom and refused to leave until he ****** her. He starts telling this to other people in the industry and spreading this rumor. Now, I think most people probably figured out it was a lie because Alfred Hitchcock had all of the game of a stale sandwich, but he repeatedly insisted that it was the God's honest truth to anyone who would listen. Bergman took it in stride. Quote I never got angry when it came back to me. People will believe what they want to believe. I loved him, but not in his way. So she's handles it very classily. And both. Both Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman spoke fondly of Hitchcock, Hitchcock, Hitchcock, and seemed to believe that his genius outweighed his more odious qualities. Right Bergman. There's also like, she she worked very well with director. Yeah. Yeah. And she and Shalini and again, she was established by the time. Yeah. You know, he definitely helped her career but she she was on a pretty solid track. But they started. She was also she was pretty big in Europe before she got to America. Yeah. So these were and again these were established one. These are confident women. These were people who knew their place in the industry and who knew how to, like had their own relationships with other people and they were, they were uncheckable. Exactly. Which Alfred would have made that into a different kind of pun, but we're not going to do that now. Both women. He couldn't ****. Yeah, exactly. And and he couldn't **** with because they would push back like room pushed back. And that's the thing. If you push back at Hitchcock, he'll stop because he doesn't like getting pushed at, right. Classic bully. Exactly. Both actresses maintained good boundaries with the director and eventually moved on from him to the rest of their lives. Hitchcock remained obsessed with the idea of finding and molding the perfect leading lady. Would hitch wanted? What he craved was a young woman to act as his blank slate, someone without a career separate from him and his genius, someone he could craft and control. This was not a benign desire, and in fact it seems to have been inextricably tied with a great deal of anger Hitchcock felt towards the female gender, for example. Hitchcock had a couple of quotes he was fond of dropping during interviews at this time. I always believe that in following the advice of the playwright Sardu, he said torture the woman. The trouble today is we don't torture women enough. Yeah. Jack, that's the trouble with today. Yes, that's the trouble with today. You know, the problem with today is not enough. Not enough women are tortured too much, too easy for him out there. Too easy. They're all happy and doing well. That's not good. That's not going to be good for art. He was also fond of paraphrasing Oscar Wilde and saying you destroy the thing you love. This was particularly quoted by Hitchcock in reference to his female leads. There's a guy to quote. There's there's a guy to quote Oscar Wilde. You know, he was all right. He was, he was seemed like a well. Silence fellow Hitchcock and his wife were professional collaborators for their entire lives together or for their entire relationship. Pretty much. Her editorial skill was a big part of his success, and in fact, she essentially gave up her own shot at a great independent career in order to win big in his their relationship was a long one, but it seems to have been almost entirely celibate. Hitchcock regularly claimed that his daughter Patricia's conception was the only time he actually had intercourse, since he was too obese to enjoy sex, Robert Boyle, one of his art directors, recalled. He once said to me, I have all the feelings of everyone. Case in an arm or a fat. He felt he was not attractive physically, but had all those same yearnings and was frustrated by what he perceived as a difficulty, if not an impossibility, which was to experience requited love. Why didn't he just lose weight? I mean, like, health in the 60s was even more butter. OK, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. But you feel for the guy. I mean, he comes from England, where it probably wasn't as, like, stigmatized. Stigmatized wasn't America. Yeah, exactly. And I think you're right. I think around that time, Americans started thinking about it. Yeah. But it was still like, very the idea of health, like, we really didn't know much about how to. It didn't come along and probably till the late 70s. Yeah. Yeah. That that's why there's that joke in Anchorman where he talks about, like, jogging as if it's this weird thing. People really didn't like the idea that you just go run like, that's a funny joke, that it is a funny joke. But it was like also a real thing that was people had to be like, no, actually this stops us from dying as soon all this Bacon's killing our hearts there. There's a there's like an Altman movie not scene called Health where it made fun of health. Health conscious people showed them as like, fanatics. And that's why you even get a little bit of Donald Trump, because he believes that, like, exercising is bad for you and your body only has so much energy over the course of your life, and you're just wasting it by any like, it's one of those things, like, you get raised. In that sort of time before it's common, yeah, you always think it's weird. If you don't trust doctors. So for years, Hitchcock replaced sex with the joy he got from torturing women who starred in his movies. Or at least that's one way to look at things. In 1935, while filming the 29 steps. Hitchcock, 3939 steps. Sorry, my mistyping. That's why you're here is why I'm here. Yeah, yeah. Hitchcock handcuffed Madeline Carroll to her costar with cuffs that were purposely tight enough to cause her pain. He claimed he'd lost the key, forcing him to stay that way for hours. He also had Carol repeatedly dragged across the ground. Probably more than was really necessary. To get the shots he needed for the film. Wow. Now I can't watch it the same way. During filming, he called the lead actress the Birmingham Tart and said during an interview after the movie, Nothing pleases me more than to knock the lady likeness out of them. Oh my God, yeah, I mean, that's a good film too. But yeah, I mean he never. I mean he made good films. Yeah. In 1960, while filming Psycho, he forced Janet Lee to spend six straight days standing in the shower underwater for hours at a time, presumably because he thought that was necessary to get a truly believable performance out of her. Shower acting? Yeah, shower acting. And I mean, it's a great scene. To this day, Lee refuses to take showers, only using baths because she's she's still alive. I think so. At least she was when I read this thing. I mean, she may have died since I'm not sure. I don't know. Yeah, I think she might still be alive, though. Maybe Tippi Hedren still alive. Talk about her in a little bit. Sophie's doing the cutthroat symbol when she kicked off. In 2004, Jesus. Well, until the end of her life. Yeah. I mean, it's because, like, nowadays you hear about it everywhere and back then you probably didn't do 1004. Yeah. Yeah, and we were invading a couple of places at that point. Probably got kicked to the back burner. So by 1961, Alfred Hitchcock had a well established reputation of being particularly brutal to his female characters and sometimes the actresses who portrayed them. This would all reach a boiling point when Alfred finally met the perfect focus for his dream of creating the perfect actress, a 32 year old model named Tippy. Country. And that's what we're going to talk about in Part 2. You know who she's the mom of, right? Tippi hedren. Yeah. No. Melanie Griffith. Melanie Griffith. OK, cool. She was also in the movie where everybody got attacked by Lions, which this will tie into. That movie is amazing. It is incredible. Yeah. You saw it. I've seen parts of it. Yeah. God, yeah. So tense, that movie. Yeah. It's like 30 lions attacking. There were like 100 something serious injuries during the filming. I know. It's great. It's great. Got her face torn up. Yeah. Yeah. They needed major reconstructive surgery. Yeah. Great movie. Great movie. Great movie. Absolutely entertaining. We're going to hear about something that happened to Tippi Hedren that's worse than filming the movie where 100 people got it horribly injured by big cats. Oh, it's bad. And but that that comes next week. So before we kick off and and come back on Thursday, you want to plug your puggles abbed? Sure. I have a podcast on Starburns audio network called Gone Riffin. With rich culture and where every Wednesday you can find us wherever, you find podcasts. Podcasts. That's right. It's not like there's no theme. He gets mad when I talk about movies. Well, yeah, I mean, that sounds great. Yeah, but his anger is funny. Yeah, angry anger is almost always funny. Hitchcock taught us that. Exactly. Which is why you should always chain your friends up and feed them dangerous doses of laxatives. Oh yeah. I mean, nothing more fun watching them. Oh my God. What a good time. Now we have cameras. You can. Any of the angles get all the angles really get, like a good look at this person. 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