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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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Family Plot (1976)

Family Plot (1976)

(p.309) 42 Family Plot (1976)
Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

University Press of Kentucky

There is little in Hitchcock’s final film that could not have been filmed ten years earlier under the Production Code. Double entendres between two of the lead actors, Barbara Harris and Bruce Dern, along with a smattering of swear words, are the only elements that might have been questioned by the Code censors. Critical reviews were mixed, but the film did well at the box office and ended with Barbara Harris winking at the camera, a wink that Hitchcock appropriated for his own image in the ad campaign, which featured him winking at the audience from inside a crystal ball, a fitting end to over fifty years of collaboration with a grateful audience.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Production Code Administration, double entendres, ending wink, Family Plot

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