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Hitchcock's Partner in Suspense: The Life of Screenwriter Charles Bennett (Screen Classics) Hardcover – 2014


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With a career that spanned from the silent era to the 1990s, British screenwriter Charles Bennett (1899--1995) lived an extraordinary life. His experiences as an actor, director, playwright, film and television writer, and novelist in both England and Hollywood left him with many amusing anecdotes, opinions about his craft, and impressions of the many famous people he knew. Among other things, Bennett was a decorated WWI hero, an eminent Shakespearean actor, and an Allied spy and propagandist during WWII, but he is best remembered for his commercially and critically acclaimed collaborations with directors Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Cecil B. DeMille.The fruitful partnership began after Hitchcock adapted Bennett's play "Blackmail" (1929) as the first British sound film. Their partnership produced six thrillers: "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934), "The 39 Steps" (1935), "Sabotage" (1936), "Secret Agent" (1936), "Young and Innocent" (1937), and "Foreign Correspondent" (1940). In this witty and intriguing book, Bennett discusses how their collaboration created such famous motifs as the "wrong man accused" device and the MacGuffin. He also takes readers behind the scenes with the Master of Suspense, offering his thoughts on the director's work, sense of humor, and personal life.Featuring an introduction and additional biographical material from Bennett's son, editor John Charles Bennett, "Hitchcock's Partner in Suspense" is a richly detailed narrative of a remarkable yet often-overlooked figure in film history.

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A Fascinating Book - A Hidden Treasure 6 Feb. 2015
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A very fascinating read. Much more than just about the Hitchcock relationship which is fascinating in and of itself; but it is about the history of U.K. actors in the 19th century, World War I and World War II in the world, and a look at how Hollywood evolved. A very unique book that should be read and enjoyed by many.
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