Wrong Men & Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935-1946 - The Criterion Collection

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Wrong Men & Notorious Women: Five Hitchcock Thrillers 1935-1946 - The Criterion Collection

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A supreme technician and innovative stylist, Alfred Hitchcock always left his indelible stamp on his productions. From the wit, romance, and fast-paced action of the 1930s British-made thrillers The 30 Steps and The Lady Vanishes to the bittersweet blend of lush romance and spy thriller in the 1946 Hollywood production Notorious, Hitchcock continually flaunted a peerless formal mastery as he capitalized on a wide variety of genres. In the 1940 Academy Award-winning Rebecca and 1945 psychoanalytic thriller Spellbound, Hitchcock also proved himself a keen surveyor of the human mind, incisively exploring the psychology of fear and sexual repression within the context of films that entertained audiences of the day and ensured that his career would be one of the most illustrious in the history of cinema.

Starring Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier, Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Claude Rains, and Cary Grant, these five acclaimed films bridge Hitchcock's early British masterworks to his triumphant American collaborations with producer David O. Selznick, and present the legendary director at his unparalled best, creating films which are exemplars of suspense and cinematic virtuosity.


  • The 39 Steps
  • Rebecca
  • Spellbound
  • Notorious
  • The Lady Vanishes


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 27 2003
  • Production Year 1935
  • Empire SKU 472432
  • UPC Code 037429178324
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 5
  • Disc SS-DL



Commentaries by Hitchcock film scholar Marian Keane and film historian Rudy Behlmer, editor of Memo from David O. Selznick
Complete broadcast of the 1948 Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, starring Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton
Rare production, publicity, and rear projection photos, as well as promotional posters and lobby cards
Production correspondence
Collection of trailers and teasers
Script excerpts of deleted scenes and alternate endings
Excerpts from the short story "The Song of the Dragon," source material for Notorious
Rare newsreel footage of Bergman and Hitchcock
Isolated music and effects track


Commentary by Hitchcock Scholar Marian Keane
"A Nightmare Ordered by Telephone": An in-depth, illustrated essay on the Salvador Dali-designed dream sequence by James Bigwood
Excerpts Rrom a 1973 Audio Interview with Composer Miklos Rozsa
Complete 1948 Lux Radio Theater Adaptation starring Joseph Cotton and Alida Valli
The Fishko Files: A WNYC/New York Public Radio piece on the theremin
Essays by Noted Hitchcock Scholars Leonard Leff and Lesley Brill
Hundreds of Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Documents Chronicling the Film's Production, Including Set Photos, Ads, Posters and Publicity Material
Theatrical Trailer


Commentary by Film Scholar Leonard J. Leff, author of Hitchcock and Selznick
Isolated Music and Effects Track
Rare Screen, Hair Makeup and Costume Tests Including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter, Loretta Young, Margaret Sullavan and Joan Fontaine
Hitchcock on Rebecca, excerpts from his conversations with Francois Truffaut
Phone Interviews with Stars Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson from 1986
Hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the film's production from location scouting, set photos and wardrobe continuity to ads, posters, and promotional memorabilia
Production Correspondence and Casting Notes
Deleted Scene Script Excerpts
1939 Test Screening Questionnaire
Essay on Rebecca Author Daphne du Maurier
Footage from the 1940 Academy Awardsâ„¢ Ceremony
Re-Issue Trailer
Three Hours of Complete Radio Show Adaptations: 1938 Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre Broadcast, 1941 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast starring Ronald Colman and Ida Lupino, Including an Interview with David O. Selznick
1950 Lux Radio Theatre Broadcast Starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh
22-Page Booklet Including Liner Notes by Robin Wood

The 39 Steps

Audio essay by Hitchcock scholar Marian Keane
The Complete 1937 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, performed by Robert Montgomery and Ida Lupino
The Art of Film: Vintage Hitchcock, a Janus Films documentary detailing the director's British period
Excerpts from the original 1935 press book
Original production design drawings

The Lady Vansihes

Interactive Menus
Audio commentary by critic film historian Bruce Eder


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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