“Hitchcock and the Censors” & “Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism” – Book Giveaway (Oct)

“Hitchcock and the Censors” &
“Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism”
Two Hitch Books for Two Lucky Winners!

CMH is happy to announce our next Classic Movie Book Giveaway as part of our partnership with University Press of Kentucky! This time, we’ll be celebrating October with two books about the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock!

That said, we’ll be giving away two books this month — Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer and Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism by Paula Marantz Cohen. And, yes, each winner will win both books!

Two Hitchcock Books


In order to qualify to win this Hitchcock Prize Package via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, October 30 at 6PM EST.

We will announce our two lucky winners on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub on Sunday, October 31, around 9PM EST. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details.

So, to recap, there will be TWO WINNERS, chosen by random, and each winner will win BOTH of these books:


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 6PM EST

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post.

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win the “Hitchcock and the Censors” and “Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub – Two lucky winners will win both books  #EnterToWin here: http://ow.ly/83Gj50GkDZE

What is your favorite film by Hitchcock and why? And, if you’re not familiar with his work, why do you want to win these books?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend – with Author Christina Rice:


Growing Up Hollywood with Victoria Riskin and William Wellman Jr:


About the Books:

Hitchcock and the Censors: Author John Billheimer traces the forces that led to the Production Code and describes Hitchcock’s interactions with code officials on a film-by-film basis as he fought to protect his creations, bargaining with code reviewers and sidestepping censorship to produce a lifetime of memorable films. Despite the often-arbitrary decisions of the code board, Hitchcock still managed to push the boundaries of sex and violence permitted in films by charming — and occasionally tricking — the censors and by swapping off bits of dialogue, plot points, and individual shots (some of which had been deliberately inserted as trading chips) to protect cherished scenes and images. By examining Hitchcock’s priorities in dealing with the censors, this work highlights the director’s theories of suspense as well as his magician-like touch when negotiating with code officials.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism: This provocative study traces Alfred Hitchcock’s long directorial career from Victorianism to postmodernism. Paula Cohen considers a sampling of Hitchcock’s best films — Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho — as well as some of his more uneven ones — Rope, The Wrong Man, Topaz — and makes connections between his evolution as a filmmaker and trends in the larger society.

Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only United States (excluding the territory of Puerto Rico) and Canada entrants are eligible.

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase them on amazon by clicking below:



–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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20 Responses to “Hitchcock and the Censors” & “Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism” – Book Giveaway (Oct)

  1. Vickie Gleason says:

    I LOVE so many Hitchcock films I can’t really pick one favorite. I love The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo, The Man Who knew too Much, Dial M for Murder, Saboteur, Strangers on a Train and oh can’t forget Rear Window! I would Love to add these books to my collection!

    I do no longer have an active Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  2. Gloria Elizabeth says:

    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.
    I’ll watch (and enjoy) any Hitchcock film. My favorite is SUSPICION. I find this masterpiece of two lost souls struggling to become larger, better, and braver immensely moving.

  3. John Shawe Williams says:

    I love almost all of Hitchcock’s films, but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be Vertigo. Perfectly acted, absolutely unbearable tension, and the second half of the film just has you going crazy looking for answers. These books would be a perfect compliment to my film library.

  4. Billy Slobin says:

    While I love all of Hitch’s films…Beyond the shadow of a doubt my #1 is “Shadow of a Doubt”

    Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright are just terrific.

    The supporting cast is wonderful as well!

    I would read both of these books voraciously!!!

  5. Carl says:

    There are just too many great Hitchcock films to choose only one. I think Psycho is his best-loved work by far and it is tremendous. My other favorites are Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Rear Window. Terrific performances, great tension, excellent stories, these movies have it all. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize.

  6. “Vertigo”. Well, just look at it.

  7. Stuart Cook says:

    My favorite feature by Hitch is his 1938 classic THE LADY VANISHES. Lots of fun twists in it, and a fantastic cast.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  8. Woody Woodrum says:

    My favorite Hitchcock film is Psycho. Norman Bates is perhaps the most twisted Hitchcock villain of all because he seems to be a troubled loner, stuck at an off-the-main-road hotel manager who is under the thumb of his dominating mother. The fact that Norman, played brilliantly by Anthony Perkins, is in fact both characters is a ending no one sees coming. Hitch already had thrown us off the trail with the murder of the main character, played by Janet Leigh, only 45 minutes into the movie. What appears to be a snatch and grab of money by Leigh becomes a murder covered up by a loving son to a twisted psychological study of poor Perkins, trapped by his mother – body and soul. It’s why I can watch it over and over, and the musical score by Bernard Herman is as important as the acting by our cast.

  9. Destiny Drake says:

    My favorite film of alfred Hitchcock is: rear window because its got a great cast, great suspense plot, and very great color.

  10. Steve D says:

    Vertigo for sure. It’s a beautiful, mesmerizing work of art. I also like his most underrated film, Marnie. Both use Technicolor to maximum effect.

  11. Caleb Boyd says:

    My favorite Hitchcock film is “Psycho,” because of fantastic script, the classic character, and Bernard Herrmann’s wonderful score.

  12. Ann says:

    My favorite Hitchcock film has to be Psycho! It’s one of the first films of his I’ve ever watched, but it has to be my favorite because it joins together all of my interests in one film — I love horrors and thrillers, I’m a huge fan of Anthony Perkins (I’ve seen most all of his major films that I could find), and I’m a huge fan of the Psycho franchise (I’ve read and own all the books in the series by Robert Bloch, I’ve watched all the sequels and remakes, and I greatly enjoyed the TV series “Bates Motel”). Norman Bates is a classic! Hitchcock is a master at his work, and I will never grow tired of watching and rewatching his films.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  13. Edwina Eppley says:

    I have shared on Twitter but I wanted to share my first experience with Hitch. The Birds was my first introduction to his horror genre as a child, Psycho was later but very hypnotically horrifying! As an adult, I have recently discovered his other films much to my delight! I have to add to this that another of my favorite movies is “Hitchcock” with Anthony Hopkins playing the Master of Suspense and Helen Mirren playing his wife, Alma Reville. Until this movie, I had no idea that he had a brilliant partner in all his works. I would just be so tickled blood red to win these wonderful books!!

  14. Christopher S says:

    Seeing the movie ‘The Birds’ with my Dad is my sentimental pick. I remember watching the movie with him and my brother when we were kids. My Dad always like anything Hitchcock. He indeed is the master of suspense!

  15. Jack Cibrian says:

    I love Hitchcock! Depending on my mood, my top film would be North by Northwest or Psycho. I love the macabre sense of humor in both films. To focus on Psycho, it’s such a tight and simple script: not many sets, but the build up to the conclusion is so well executed. For North by Northwest, it’s Cary Grant all the way. He plays such a fun character, and the James Bond like set pieces are such fun.

  16. Anna Kesmiri says:

    My favorite movie ever is Rear Window. It’s a masterpiece. He unraveled a story just with a few camera movements and produced a film very rich in suspense and cinematography.
    I would like to read any book that sheds a light to his genius.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  17. Delores Moss says:

    I loved the birds one of the best films

  18. Mark PAGAN says:

    While “Psycho” will always be the 1st film that comes to mind upon mention of his name, the one I relish watching and rewatching is “North by Northwest.”

  19. Arlene H says:

    Sabotage 1936, with Sylvia Sidney and Oscar Homolka, because his first true terror film (The Birds would eventually be next), because he took a great Joseph Conrad novel and made it better, because that novel was itself likely based on an actual terrorist act committed in London by an anarchist in the 1800s. And Sylvia Sidney’s love and innocence are beautiful and terrible.

  20. Sara Stewart says:

    So many choices, but it’s probably The Birds. He had such an amazing way of taking something mundane and turning it into something terrifying. Even his television show dealt with how ordinary things, actions, or activities could, somehow, turn out to be frightening and completely within the realm of possibility.

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