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Lot 193: Alfred Hitchcock 1954 Passport
A great piece indicative of Alfred Hitchcock's most productive and critically acclaimed period of work, this passport was issued to the iconic director and "master of the macabre" on February 9, 1954. It clearly got a lot of use on Mr. Hitchcock's many trips to Hollywood that year to make the classic flicks "Dial M for Murder" and "Rear Window", followed up in '55 by "To Catch a Thief" and the premiere of his long-running TV anthology "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Hitchcock made over 60 movies in all, beginning in the silent era and ending with "Family Plot" in 1976. Anyone who ever felt skittish about getting into a shower can blame Hitchcock, thanks to "Psycho". Ironically for a man who worked behind the camera, the rotund Hitchcock with his round face and droopy eyelids was one of the world's most recognizable people, a credit to both his work and his inside-joke gimmick of making walk-on appearances in his films. That cuddly face is on page 3 of the passport, looking rather uncomfortable. His valuable signature is on page 2 in thick blue ink, a splendid exemplar of the legendary director that rates NRMT status. The 4 x 6" passport is EX-MT, has a black cover with gold lettering reading "British Passport" and "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland," with a gold engraved symbol of the British Empire. An oblong cutout section on top has "Mr. A.J. Hitchcock" handwritten in blue pen; another at the bottom has the date stamped with the ID #489303. Inside the passport, Hitchcock lists his profession as "Motion Picture Director" and his residence as "California, USA." There are visa stampings from several exotic locales on later pages, including Paris and Casablanca. This is a memento of a true original, whose influence is sorely missed in today's cookie-cutter movie industry.
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