August 13 in Sci-Fi History: Happy Birthday, Hitch

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Aug 13, 2017

The Master of Suspense, artistic genius, a dude with a complicated thing for blondes -- he's a big name around here.

On this day in 1899, Alfred Hitchcock was born.

Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, the son of working-class parents. After dabbling in some writing during World War I, Hitchcock began working as a title-card designer for films in 1919. From there, he began making silent films, and the rest is pretty much history. His first major success was:

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927):

From there, he went on to make (and introduce) some of the most suspenseful movies around.

Rebecca (1940):

Strangers on a Train (1951):

Psycho (1960):

The Birds (1963):

His last film was a 1976 movie called Family Plot. It's super '70s and was made about four years before his death. Hitchcock died at home at the age of 80.

Speaking of 1976, it was on this day that FutureWorld was released. The sequel to Westworld (the book and the movie), it stars Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda, and Yul Brynner (in a dream sequence cameo, basically).

Tomorrow: Watching actors transform into bugs.