My daughter is a Hitchcock fan

I introduced the kids to one of my favourite Hitchcock films this week, The Lady Vanishes. It was made in England in 1938, before Alfred Hitchcock left for Hollywood. It’s pitched as a thriller but a 1938 thriller is quite different to a modern one; there’s not the same level of violence and thus it’s suitable for kids. The Lady Vanishes also has lots of funny bits. Two of the characters are English gentleman whose only concern throughout – even during the gun fight near the end – is to get back to Manchester to watch the cricket.

The kids both loved it; so much so that Elizabeth watched it a second time today. Maybe we’ll watch North by Northwest next.

Some photos from our bike ride this afternoon.


I’ve got another Nuu-Muu dress.


Badass look. I think I’m getting good at this. What d’ya think?


The cabin from my viewpoint.


Elizabeth is watching The Lady Vanishes here and Daniel is playing a game and looking a bit worried about something. I’m not sure what.


Ben and I have been watching Breaking Bad after a recommendation from a friend. We are completely hooked but part of me hates the show at the same time. Not one of the characters is likeable. I dislike all of them. I usually feel miserable after watching an episode but they’re all so gripping I have to watch another. At the very beginning I had a bit of sympathy for Walt and his predicament but now he’s turned into an arsehole it’s hard to empathise with him. Some of the episodes are just so shocking too, like the acid in the first series. I nearly gave up watching it after that.

12 Replies to “My daughter is a Hitchcock fan”

  1. I love The Lady Vanishes, the cricket nuts are Caldicott and Charters and the characters appeared in a few other films including Night Train to Munich. The two actors are also in Passport to Pimlico but not quite the same characters.

    1. Those two actors were fantastic in this film; I’ll have to watch the Night Train to Munich and Passport to Pimlico. I haven’t seen either of those.

      1. The actors are called Basil Radford (moustache) and Naunton Wayne. If I’m ever asked I always say Naunton Wayne would play me in a film…

  2. Hitchcock films are wonderful. Glad your kids enjoyed TLV. They might also like ‘Rear Window’.

    I loved ‘Breaking Bad’ although I found the whole thing painful to watch. The suspense killed me! The characters and story line are just so good.

    I found Hank Shrader (Walter’s and Skyler’s brother-in-law) quite likeable. Have you noticed how Marie Shrader loves purple? Love those touches.

    1. Oh yes, Rear Window is a good one although there are some scary bits in that. And I agree that Hank is probably the most likeable character in the show. I hadn’t noticed Marie’s purple outfits.

  3. Isabel is doing a presentation for her GCSE English and she has chosen Heroes and Villains, concentrating on science fiction. But I told her that if she was interested in heroes and villains, she should have a look at Breaking Bad. It’s interesting watching characters struggling anew with their moral direction later on, and watching good characters having to make decisions to do bad things for various reasons.
    Series 4 and 5 are the best I think, because they are even more complex from that point of view. I have the final series on order and really looking forward to it.
    Music is good too. Watch out for “Uh” by Fujiya and Miyagi in Episode 5. If people come in while I am playing that in the office they always ask what it is. It’s so catchy!

    1. Yes, the characters in Breaking Bad have all broken the law in some way or another. I look forward to series 4 and knowing your good taste in music will definitely look up the song.

  4. Emma stopped watching BB because of the violence and the cancer stuff, she couldn’t take it. I finished watching it, and I feel like she missed out. It is SO GOOD! Can’t beat that theme tune 😛

    1. I’ve heard quite a few people stop watching after the 3rd episode and the acid scene. But that’s probably one of the worst bits.

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