The Birds (1963) directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels, Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Bundy and Charles McGraw as Sebastian Sholes

Melanie: I keep telling you, this isn’t “a few birds”! These are gulls, crows, swifts…
Mrs. Bundy: I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t stand a chance. How could we possibly hope to fight them?

7 more days until Halloween!

3 Responses to “The Birds (1963)”

  1. Mrs. Bundy is one of the great Hitchcock characters, and this 1964 gem is filled with campy lines. I think you picked the best.

    Definitely a given for this series as Halloween approaches.

  2. Okay, so yesterday I was in Starbucks, sitting by the window. There was this loud bang against the window suddenly – one of a few birds that was flying around outside literally flew at the window and slammed itself into it.

    /cool story sis

    Anyway, not my favorite of Hitch’s, but definitely effective.

  3. Alison, it has begun!!!

    I’m actually surprised at how well this one has held up. Watching it when I was younger, I never really picked up on any of the subtext between the adult characters, even though it’s all pretty obvious. That’s the part, the weird flirtation between bad girl Melanie and good boy Mitch with raven-haired Suzanne Pleshette thrown into the mix and the competition with the mother. Good stuff.

    Plus some of the classic suspense set pieces, particularly the escape from the school and the exploding gas station remain effective even when you know every beat.

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