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* AdaptationalNationality: The original novel ''The Rainbird Pattern'' is set in England, while the film is set in California.


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* SettingUpdate: The original novel ''The Rainbird Pattern'' is set in England, while the film is set in California.


* WaitingForABReak: George is a would-be actor. He works as a cab driver.

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* WaitingForABReak: WaitingForABreak: George is a would-be actor. He works as a cab driver.


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The Shoebridges and the Maloneys are apparently supposed to be [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]], with the stonemason referring to the Shoebridge burial as being done by the "First Church of Latter-day Saints" and a quotation from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi, chapter 9) read at Joe Maloney's graveside service. But the [[ChurchOfSaintGenericus church-related material]] in the film seems more reminiscent of [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] or Anglicanism[[note]]Specifically there's a reference to infant baptism, which isn't practiced by Mormons. Also, the clergy wear robes and collars, which Mormon leaders never do. There's also the use of the cross, which the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints generally avoids, but is common in the next-largest Mormon sect, the Community of Christ[[/note]].

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The Shoebridges and the Maloneys are apparently supposed to be [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]], with the stonemason referring to the Shoebridge burial as being done by the "First Church of Latter-day Saints" and a quotation from the Book of Mormon Literature/TheBookOfMormon (2 Nephi, chapter 9) read at Joe Maloney's graveside service. But the [[ChurchOfSaintGenericus church-related material]] in the film seems more reminiscent of [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] or Anglicanism[[note]]Specifically there's a reference to infant baptism, which isn't practiced by Mormons. Also, the clergy wear robes and collars, which Mormon leaders never do. There's also the use of the cross, which the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints generally avoids, but is common in the next-largest Mormon sect, the Community of Christ[[/note]].


* VehicularSabotage: The brakes on George's car are tampered with, sending he and Blanche hysterically careening down a winding mountain road.

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* VehicularSabotage: The brakes on George's Blanche's car are tampered with, sending he and Blanche hysterically careening down a winding mountain road.


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* WaitingForABReak: George is a would-be actor. He works as a cab driver.


** To killed Arthur's adoptive parents, Arthur and Joe burned down their house, to make it look like an accident.

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** To killed kill Arthur's adoptive parents, Arthur and Joe burned down their house, to make it look like an accident.


* SpiritualSuccessor: The screenplay was by ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'''s Ernest Lehman, and the theme of average people who unwittingly get wrapped up in a WickedCultured villain's schemes is common to both films. Also, George and Blanche's car danger recalls both the drunk driving scene and the crop duster scene from the earlier film.



* SpiritualSuccessor: The screenplay was by ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'''s Ernest Lehman, and the theme of average people who unwittingly get wrapped up in a WickedCultured villain's schemes is common to both films. Also, George and Blanche's car danger recalls both the drunk driving scene and the crop duster scene from the earlier film.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The screenplay was by ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'''s Ernest Lehman, and the theme of average people who unwittingly get wrapped up SpookySeance: Several are showed: Blanche speaks in a WickedCultured villain's schemes is common to both films. Also, George deep voice and Blanche's car danger recalls both the drunk driving scene and the crop duster scene from the earlier film.pretends to speak to a spirit, "Henry".

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** George hears that the bishop knows Edward, so he tries to meet him, but Arthur and Fran kidnap him just before he can talk to him.


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* InstantSedation: The modus operandi of Fran and Arthur to kidnap people: they inject their victims with a sedative drug.


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* LinkedListClueMethodology: George and Blanche's investigation: the chauffeur's daughter → the cemetary → the undertaker → the Registrar of Births and Deaths → meeting with Joe Maloney → the funeral of Joe Maloney → Arthur's jewelry store → Arthur's private house.


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* SoundtrackDissonance: The daughter of the undertaker is listening to cheerful music while she is engraving a tombstone.


* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Arthur plans to kill Blanche and stage the scene to look like a suicide.

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* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: MakeItLookLikeAnAccident:
** To killed Arthur's adoptive parents,
Arthur plans and Joe burned down their house, to kill make it look like an accident.
** Joe Maloney sabotages Blanche's car, so that the deaths of
Blanche and stage the scene to George look like a suicide.an accident.


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* NeverSuicide: Arthur plans to kill Blanche and stage the scene to look like a suicide.

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* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Julia Rainbird decides to look for his nephew Edward 40 years after he was abandoned, exactly at the time when Edward is carying out a series of abductions and extorsions.
** Just after Julia Rainbird puts Blanche in charge of finding Edward, Blanche bumps into Edward's accomplice and lover, who was on her way collecting a ransom.


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* PoorCommunicationKills: All the problems would have been avoided if George had made clear that he was looking for Edward because his aunt wanted him to be her heir.

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* AdaptationalNationality: The original novel ''The Rainbird Pattern'' is set in England, while the film is set in California.


* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The Shoebridges and the Maloneys are apparently supposed to be [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]], with the stonemason referring to the Shoebridge burial as being done by the "First Church of Latter-day Saints" and a quotation from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi, chapter 9) read at Joe Maloney's graveside service. But the church-related material in the film seems more reminiscent of [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] or Anglicanism[[note]]Specifically there's a reference to infant baptism, which isn't practiced by Mormons. Also, the clergy wear robes and collars, which Mormon leaders never do. There's also the use of the cross, which the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints generally avoids, but is common in the next-largest Mormon sect, the Community of Christ[[/note]].

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: The Shoebridges and the Maloneys are apparently supposed to be [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]], with the stonemason referring to the Shoebridge burial as being done by the "First Church of Latter-day Saints" and a quotation from the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi, chapter 9) read at Joe Maloney's graveside service. But the [[ChurchOfSaintGenericus church-related material material]] in the film seems more reminiscent of [[ChristianityIsCatholic Catholicism]] or Anglicanism[[note]]Specifically there's a reference to infant baptism, which isn't practiced by Mormons. Also, the clergy wear robes and collars, which Mormon leaders never do. There's also the use of the cross, which the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints generally avoids, but is common in the next-largest Mormon sect, the Community of Christ[[/note]].

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* SpoilerCover: The tagline on the poster in the original release flat-out gives away a crucial part of the main plot twist: [[spoiler: "There's no body in the family plot"]].


* CreatorCameo: Alfred Hitchcock makes an appearance in silhouette behind the door marked [[HarsherInHindsight Registrar of Births and Deaths.]]

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* CreatorCameo: Alfred Hitchcock makes an appearance in silhouette behind the door marked [[HarsherInHindsight Registrar of Births and Deaths.]]


A 1976 BlackComedy thriller directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, starring Barbara Harris, Creator/BruceDern, Creator/KarenBlack, and William Devane. The score was composed by the legendary Music/JohnWilliams.

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A 1976 BlackComedy thriller directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, starring Barbara Harris, Creator/BarbaraHarris, Creator/BruceDern, Creator/KarenBlack, and William Devane. The score was composed by the legendary Music/JohnWilliams.


A 1976 BlackComedy thriller directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, starring Barbara Harris, Creator/BruceDern, Karen Black, and William Devane. The score was composed by the legendary Music/JohnWilliams.

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A 1976 BlackComedy thriller directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, starring Barbara Harris, Creator/BruceDern, Karen Black, Creator/KarenBlack, and William Devane. The score was composed by the legendary Music/JohnWilliams.

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