History Trivia / Psycho

9th Jan '17 9:40:06 AM Mario1995
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* ChannelHop: ''Psycho'' was first distributed by Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures, then in 1968 was sold to Creator/{{Universal}} Studios due to studio Shamley Productions getting acquired by Universal parent MCA and Paramount wanting to get their name off the movie as soon as possible (see TroubledProduction below).
9th Jan '17 9:36:34 AM Mario1995
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* TroubledProduction: More like troubled ''pre''-production. Hitchcock was repeatedly mocked by executives at Creator/{{Paramount}} who refused to fund the film because of its controversial subject matter, going as far as refusing to grant him access to their sound stages by ''falsely'' claiming they had all been taken up. This caused Hitchcock to take the bill for the movie himself and finance it through his company, Shamley Productions, and shoot the movie at the Universal lot. When the movie was finished, Paramount reluctantly agreed to distribute the film, but only for eight years since MCA had bought Hitchcock's stake in Shamley in 1964, allowing Paramount to clean their hands of the movie and pass it on to Universal four years later.
31st Oct '16 3:38:51 PM fearlessnikki
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* AffectionateParody / AdamWesting: Anthony Perkins hosted an episode in the first season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' which included an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhTb4SoaaU almost-obligatory, and hysterical, Norman Bates skit]].

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* AffectionateParody / AdamWesting: AdamWesting:
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Anthony Perkins hosted an episode in the first season of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' which included an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhTb4SoaaU almost-obligatory, and hysterical, Norman Bates skit]].



* BillingDisplacement: Done deliberately by the advertising, which promoted Janet Leigh as the star of the film. Ironically in the credits she is given AndStarring - whereas she still has more screen time than Vera Miles and John Gavin, who get second and third billing.



* CreatorBacklash: Averted with Anthony Perkins. While acknowledging that starring in the film led to him being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a maniac killer, when he was asked if he still would have taken the role knowing what it would do to his career, he replied with a definite "yes."

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* CreatorBacklash: CreatorBacklash:
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Averted with Anthony Perkins. While acknowledging that starring in the film led to him being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a maniac killer, when he was asked if he still would have taken the role knowing what it would do to his career, he replied with a definite "yes.""
** Alfred Hitchcock apparently disliked the performance of John Gavin, who played Sam, and referred to him as "the stiff".
** Vera Miles was unhappy while making the film, disliking Lila's "matronly" wardrobe. She was convinced that the unflattering clothes were Hitchcock's way of punishing her for being unable to star in ''{{Film/Vertigo}}''.



* EnforcedMethodActing: An urban legend is that Hitchcock arranged for the shower to suddenly go cold to get the appropriate screams out of Janet Leigh.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: An urban legend is that ExecutiveMeddling:
** The censors wanted to cut the shot of the toilet flushing. But
Hitchcock arranged for insisted that it was important to the shower to suddenly go cold to get plot - the appropriate screams out torn up paper proving that Marion stayed in the motel. And so the film is the first to show a toilet flushing on screen.
** Another shot cut by the censors was
of Janet Leigh.Marion removing her black bra before taking the shower. It's included in the UK release.
** John Gavin was cast as Sam Loomis at the insistence of the studio.



* {{Jossed}}:
** Anthony Perkins isn't the one doing the stabbing in the shower scene. Popular legend says because of Broadway commitments. But it was actually a deliberate move by Hitchcock, so as not to give the twist away.
** Janet Leigh also Jossed a legend that the shower water went cold to get a scream out of her. According to her, the crew took great care to keep the water warm.



* LyingCreator: Hitchcock lied to the press that he intended to cast Helen Hayes as Mrs Bates. Several actresses wrote to him looking for the part as a result.

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* LyingCreator: Hitchcock lied to the press that he intended to cast Helen Hayes as Mrs Bates. Several actresses wrote to him looking for the part as a result. He even kept a chair on set with 'Mrs Bates' marked on it to fool people even further.
* NoBudget: The studio had such distaste for the source material, they gave Hitchcock very little money. Because of this, the film was shot in black and white.


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* TropeCodifier: For DeadStarWalking, courtesy of Janet Leigh getting killed off after only forty or so minutes of screen time.
* TropeNamer: PsychoStrings for the film's famous score.
6th Sep '16 10:54:49 PM Mdumas43073
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** He also wanted the opening zoom in to Marion's afternoon delight to be a single continuous shot, but the technology to do it didn't exist at the time. Restoring that idea now that it did exist is pretty much the only legitimate reason for the existence of the Gus van Sant remake.

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** He also wanted the opening zoom in to Marion's afternoon delight to be a [[TheOner single continuous shot, shot]], but the technology to do it this didn't exist at the time. Restoring that idea now that it did exist is pretty much the only legitimate reason for the existence of the Gus van Sant remake.
10th Apr '16 11:49:03 AM StFan
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* RoleAssociation: Mr. Cassidy is [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Sam Wainwright]]. California Charlie is [[Series/MacGyver MacGyver's grandfather]]. And the psychiatrist is [[Series/KolchakTheNightStalker Kolchak's boss]]--or [[Film/WestSideStory Lieutenant Shrank]].
** Look closely after the psychiatrist scene, when the cop takes the blanket to Norman. See the other, non-speaking cop who's standing guard outside the door? It's a young [[TheMaryTylerMooreShow Ted Baxter]]!
22nd Mar '16 4:46:29 AM fearlessnikki
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* ActingInTheDark: Alfred Hitchcock withheld the ending from the cast and crew until it was time to shoot it.
* ActorSharedBackground: Anthony Perkins lost his father at the age of five and was raised by his mother, like his character Norman.



* BlackSheepHit: The original book was this for Creator/RobertBloch, most of whose horror fiction involved the CthulhuMythos.

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* BlackSheepHit: BlackSheepHit:
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The original book was this for Creator/RobertBloch, most of whose horror fiction involved the CthulhuMythos.



* EnforcedMethodActing: Hitchcock allowed both Perkins and Leigh to improvise their roles as long as it didn't involve moving the camera. Norman's habit of munching candy is an example. Though it's only an urban legend that he arranged for the shower to suddenly go cold to get the appropriate screams out of Leigh.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: Hitchcock allowed both Perkins and Leigh to improvise their roles as long as it didn't involve moving the camera. Norman's habit of munching candy is an example. Though it's only an An urban legend is that he Hitchcock arranged for the shower to suddenly go cold to get the appropriate screams out of Janet Leigh.



* LifeImitatesArt: The shower scene ended up genuinely frightening Janet Leigh when she saw it back. Realising how vulnerable a woman was in the shower, she only ever took baths for the rest of her life.
* LyingCreator: Hitchcock lied to the press that he intended to cast Helen Hayes as Mrs Bates. Several actresses wrote to him looking for the part as a result.



* TheOtherMarty: There were rumours that George Reeves was originally cast as Arbogast and had already filmed some of his scenes by the time he died. As the script wasn't even started until four months after Reeves's death, this is quite unlikely.



* RealLifeRelative: The brief appearance of young Norman in ''Psycho II'' was by Anthony Perkins' son, Oz.

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* RealLifeRelative: RealLifeRelative:
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The brief appearance of young Norman in ''Psycho II'' was by Anthony Perkins' son, Oz.Oz.
** Marion's co-worker Carolyn is played by the director's daughter Pat Hitchcock.
* RealitySubtext: Part of Hitchcock's love for the story was because he sympathised with Norman - having also grown up with a rather domineering mother. Thankfully she was not as bad as Mrs Bates. Likewise the screenwriter wrote the screenplay while he was in therapy, dealing with the troubled relationship with his own mother.



* StarDerailingRole: Subverted yet played straight: History will tell you that ''Psycho'' was not a box-office nor a critical failure, and it's obviously considered one of the best films ever made. However, many consider it to be the film that simultaneously heightened and ruined Anthony Perkins's career as an actor because he was subject to typecasting afterwards, and most moviegoers [[IAmNotSpock only knew him as Norman Bates]]. Perkins never had any [[CreatorBacklash backlash]] because of it, but plenty of his fans will vouch Perkins was one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood history, and ''Psycho'' is to blame.
** Ironically enough, at the time ''Psycho'' was Perkins PlayingAgainstType. After ''Psycho,'' if there was a movie where he wasn't playing a "psycho," it was him playing against type again.

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* StarDerailingRole: StarDerailingRole:
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Subverted yet played straight: History will tell you that ''Psycho'' was not a box-office nor a critical failure, and it's obviously considered one of the best films ever made. However, many consider it to be the film that simultaneously heightened and ruined Anthony Perkins's career as an actor because he was subject to typecasting afterwards, and most moviegoers [[IAmNotSpock only knew him as Norman Bates]]. Perkins never had any [[CreatorBacklash backlash]] because of it, but plenty of his fans will vouch Perkins was one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood history, and ''Psycho'' is to blame.
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blame. Ironically enough, at the time ''Psycho'' was Perkins PlayingAgainstType. After ''Psycho,'' if there was a movie where he wasn't playing a "psycho," it was him playing against type again.



* ThrowItIn: Location shooting (for the scene where Marion drives out of town with the money) was done in downtown Phoenix in December 1959. After [[DidIMentionItsChristmas Christmas decorations]] were discovered to be visible in the footage, a graphic was added to the beginning of the film setting the date as "Friday, December the Eleventh".

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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Location shooting (for the scene where Marion drives out of town with the money) was done in downtown Phoenix in December 1959. After [[DidIMentionItsChristmas Christmas decorations]] were discovered to be visible in the footage, a graphic was added to the beginning of the film setting the date as "Friday, December the Eleventh".
19th Feb '16 7:16:02 PM GrammarNavi
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* RoleAssociation: Mr. Cassidy is [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Sam Wainwright]]. California Charlie is [[{{MacGyver}} MacGyver's grandfather]]. And the psychiatrist is [[Series/KolchakTheNightStalker Kolchak's boss]]--or [[Film/WestSideStory Lieutenant Shrank]].

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* RoleAssociation: Mr. Cassidy is [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Sam Wainwright]]. California Charlie is [[{{MacGyver}} [[Series/MacGyver MacGyver's grandfather]]. And the psychiatrist is [[Series/KolchakTheNightStalker Kolchak's boss]]--or [[Film/WestSideStory Lieutenant Shrank]].
29th Dec '15 2:19:30 PM MrNickelodeon
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* CreatorBacklash: Averted with Anthony Perkins. While acknowledging that starring in the film led to him being [[TypeCasting typecast]] as a maniac killer, when he was asked if he still would have taken the role knowing what it would do to his career, he replied with a definite "yes."
27th Nov '15 5:20:24 PM nombretomado
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* AffectionateParody / AdamWesting: Anthony Perkins hosted an episode in the first season of ''SaturdayNightLive,'' which included an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhTb4SoaaU almost-obligatory, and hysterical, Norman Bates skit]].

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* AffectionateParody / AdamWesting: Anthony Perkins hosted an episode in the first season of ''SaturdayNightLive,'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' which included an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhhTb4SoaaU almost-obligatory, and hysterical, Norman Bates skit]].
29th Jul '15 7:00:45 AM Pren
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Hitchcock originally wanted the shower scene to play without music, but Herrmann begged him to try it. Yes, the TropeMaker for PsychoStrings very nearly didn't come about at all.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: WhatCouldHaveBeen:
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Hitchcock originally wanted the shower scene to play without music, but Herrmann begged him to try it. Yes, the TropeMaker for PsychoStrings very nearly didn't come about at all.all.
** He also wanted the opening zoom in to Marion's afternoon delight to be a single continuous shot, but the technology to do it didn't exist at the time. Restoring that idea now that it did exist is pretty much the only legitimate reason for the existence of the Gus van Sant remake.
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