Hill Center @ 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
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Tom Zaniello will screen three rarely-seen short TV films from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the most popular broadcast showcase of its kind in the 1950s and 60s:
Specialty of the House: Robert Morley plays a food-obsessed businessman who belongs to an exclusive dining club whose patrons don t really understand where the choice cuts of meat originate. Unfortunately for us, we suspect we know.
And So Died Riabouchinska: Claude Rains plays a ventriloquist in love with his female dummy. She seems to have a will and voice of her own, not to mention the body and personality of the ventriloquist s lost love.
Human Interest Story: Steve McQueen plays a reporter who is assigned to interview a man at a bar who says he s a Martian. Only a fool or a reporter would believe him. We know better, don t we?
Tom Zaniello was raised on Hitchcock TV programs. Since then he has been teaching, lecturing, and organizing film shows about the Master of Suspense this is the fourth Hitchcock season at the Hill Center. He is the author of a number of books on film, but his most recent publication is a nonfiction mystery, California s Lamson Murder Mystery: The Depression Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County. He is currently writing Hitchcock in the Funhouse: A Cinematic Psycho-Biography. He leads a film discussion group, The Cinephiles, for Capitol Hill Village.
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