* CommonKnowledge: On account of being the rare film director who was also a huge global celebrity with his own publicity machine, and a great artist in addition to that, there are a lot of misconceptions people have about Hitchcock, the way he worked and even his own personality.
** It's commonly believed that Hitchcock pre-planned all his films, that he story-boarded all the scenes in his films to the last detail and never improvised or changed his mind during production. As Bill Krohn's ''Hitchcock at Work'' reveals, while Hitchcock ''did'' in fact do a great deal of pre-planning, his films were not such a model of efficiency as he led everyone to believe. To begin with, Hitchcock shot all his films in sequence rather than out of narrative order. This was rare and exceptional in the Golden Age, and it meant that a surprisingly large number of his films went over-budget and over-schedule, which never became a problem for him because they were all hugely successful in the box-office and because Hitchcock managed [[GuileHero to convince film journalists]] [[BeneathSuspicion that there was nothing to see there]].
** A number of his movies went into production without a complete script, the remake of ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch'' and ''Film/StrangersOnATrain'' and also ''Film/{{Notorious}}'', which was more or less [[IndyPloy made up as it went along]]. Likewise while Hitchcock did storyboard a large part of his scenes, he also winged it on many occasions. The famous crop-duster sequence in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' wasn't storyboarded at all, but after the film was finished, Hitchcock commissioned artists to create new storyboards based on the scene he shot for promotional purposes, to make it look like he planned the whole thing all along. And likewise many of the scenes in his films differed from how they were storyboarded.
** Hitchcock also had a tendency to deflect or invent excuses to explain the reasons certain films didn't work. In the case of ''Film/{{Suspicion}}'', he said that the film's ending was rejected because audiences didn't want Creator/CaryGrant to be a villain and a KarmaHoudini, implying that the studio originally ''approved'' a script with such an ending to begin with[[note]]An impossibility given the nature of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode which pre-approved and vetoed all properties and scripts in the pre-production stage[[/note]]. In actual fact, the original ending of ''Film/{{Suspicion}}'' ended much the way the film currently does, differing only in that preview audiences didn't find it as laughably funny as the one Hitchcock shot[[note]]Hitchcock's real ending, had Joan Fontaine drinking the glass of milk she thought was poison only to survive and then hearing a commotion and barely stopping Cary Grant's character from committing suicide. Audiences found this ending a little too bizarre and out of nowhere[[/note]].
* CreatorBacklash:
** Hitchcock once said that he regretted ''Film/ForeignCorrespondent'' inspiring a real-life assassination, described ''Film/{{Rope}}'' as a failed experiment, as well as the ending of ''Film/StageFright''. Likewise he called ''Spellbound'' "just another manhunt wrapped in pseudo-psychology". He also didn't much care for the films he made with producer David O. Selznick, even if he was otherwise grateful to Selznick for bringing him to Hollywood.
** Generally, he didn't like his movies which were commercial failures even when the films were personal projects. He didn't like ''Film/UnderCapricorn'' and regretted casting Joseph Cotten opposite Creator/IngridBergman.
** Of course, Hitchcock in general tended [[SureLetsGoWithThat to agree with his interviewers]]. Interviews who praised ''Under Capricorn'' and ''Rope'' would get indulging responses from him, and those who smack-talked his early English films appealed to his vanity[[note]]Since it proved in his eyes, the producers and the general reader) that he had improved as a director and his new American films were better than his old ones, which had the benefit of presenting him as commercially viable and adaptable.[[/note]]. As such when Creator/FrancoisTruffaut interviewed him, he mostly shared in the Frenchman's views of his early English and American films, while his interviews with other journalists and critics would have him give slightly different, more moderate views. For instance, he's a lot more supportive of his English films in Peter Bogdanovich's interview.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Ironic because Hitchcock actually disliked MethodActing or what was then known [[{{Flanderization}} as Method Acting]]. He made more than fifty films over several decades, and generally did not make this a practice but some examples stand out.
** In the attic scene in ''Film/TheBirds'', Hitchcock had crew guys hurling real gulls and crows at Tippi Hedren...for five straight days of shooting. As a result, she was plagued by dreams of flapping wings. The birds themselves had been fed whiskey to make them more aggressive. Needless to say, this was ''long'' before the NoAnimalsWereHarmed certificates.
** The story of ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' called for Joan Fontaine to be nervous around the other actors, so Hitchcock told her that no one else on set liked her. Creator/LaurenceOlivier did hate her, repeatedly telling Hitch, [[JerkAss "She can't act, old boy!"]]. This was more because of Joan Fontaine's inexperience at the time than anything else. For ''Film/{{Suspicion}}'', for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress, he relied on her more. Fontaine enjoyed working with Hitchcock on the whole.
** For ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', Kim Novak was not his first choice, and most of the costumes were selected for Vera Miles (she appeared in ''Film/TheWrongMan'' and played Marion Crane's sister later in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''). So Kim Novak's stiffness and discomfort as Madeleine emphasized by costumes for another actress actually helped her in that role.
** Hitchcock was a notorious practical joker and was never tired of making jokes and shocking his cast and crew. When filming ''Film/The39Steps'' he needed a shocked reaction from Madeline Carroll. He achieved this by pretending to pull his cock out.
* MissingEpisode:
** Hitchcock's first film, a 1923 release called ''The White Shadow'', was thought lost for more than 80 years--until its first three reels were [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/8781253/Lost-Alfred-Hitchcock-classic-shown-after-80-years.html found]] as part of a private collection in New Zealand.
** 1927's ''The Mountain Eagle'' is not known to survive in any form, despite exhaustive searches of film archives. Check your attic. In his interviews with Truffaut, Hitchcock was dismissive of the film, insisting that it was not a very good film and that the succeeding film, ''Film/TheLodger'' was his first major work.
* ProductionPosse: Amassed a sizable one over his long career.
** From the earliest British days to the middle of his American career, his wife Alma Reville served as script supervisor on his first film and played a key role in all his films, and Joan Harrison was another important producer and was in charge of ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''. Screenwriter Angus [=MacPhail=] (who he credited for coining the McGuffin) had trouble with alcoholism and Hitchcock arranged him to work on ''Film/TheWrongMan'' to help his friend out.
** The famous Hitchcock team of TheFifties: Robert Boyle was his preferred Production Designer, Robert Burks was his most common cinematographer, since Film/StrangersOnATrain, George Tomassini was his editor until he died after ''Film/{{Marnie}}'', Music/BernardHerrmann (who scored and orchestrated his films from ''The Trouble with Harry'' to ''Film/{{Marnie}}'') and Saul Bass (who designed the titles and posters between ''Vertigo'' to ''Psycho'' and likewise designed the storyboards for the shower scene in ''Psycho'').
** Actors to appear frequently in his films include Creator/JamesStewart, Creator/CaryGrant (4), Creator/IngridBergman, Creator/GraceKelly (3), Creator/JoanFontaine, Tippi Hedren and Vera Miles (2) and several other actors of course. Leo G. Carroll as a character actor appeared in six of his films, and had the honor of playing a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Hitchcock in ''Film/TheBadAndTheBeautiful'' (as Henry Whitfield).
** Several of the actors had UndyingLoyalty to Hitchcock. A prime example of this is actor Norman Lloyd, who later went on to play Dr. Daniel Auschlander on ''Series/StElsewhere'' and Dr. Isaac Mentnor on ''Series/SevenDays'', who worked for Hitchcock as an associate producer and director on ''Alfred Hitchcock Presents''. At the time, Hitchcock was the only person willing to give him any type of gainful employment. Other than that, he had been blacklisted in the entertainment industry for refusing to testify before [[UsefulNotes/TheHollywoodBlacklist the House Un-American Activities Committee]] and identify suspected communists and as a result, had been branded as a communist himself.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There were numerous additional films that Hitchcock had planned, but for one reason or another never got around to making. Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unproduced_Hitchcock_projects an extensive list]] of these aborted projects.
** Creator/IanFleming wanted Hitchcock to be the one to direct the first ''Film/JamesBond'' film. (He also wanted CaryGrant to play Bond, which casts ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' in an entirely new light.)