RARA-AVIS: Hitchcock & Leonard

Anders Engwall (Anders.Engwall@uab.ericsson.se)
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 07:34:38 -0500

Juri Nummelin:

> > As for literary sources to Hitchcock's movies, I think
> > the most fascinating is one that was never filmed. It
> > says in Truffaut's book that right after "Family Plot",
> > Hitchcock considered filming Elmore Leonard's _Unknown
> > Man No. 89_ but finally scrapped the idea. Hitchcock
> > was of course way past his prime then, but the idea of
> > him doing Leonard is still fascinating.
> This is totally new information to me! Where did you pick this up?

As I said, in Truffaut's interview book.

The book was first published in the mid-to-late sixties, so the Leonard bit was of course not in the original version ("Family Plot" was released around 1975). There were however updated versions later, going all the way to Hitchcock's death, and there it is. It's only mentioned very briefly, btw.

Anders Engwall

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