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His work often features fugitives on the run alongside "icy blonde" female characters.He directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades and is often regarded as one of the most influential directors in cinematic history.

" "Well," the other man says, "It's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands." The first man says, "But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands, and the other one answers, "Well then, that's no Macguffin!This film was one of the first to exploit a "Mac Guffin", a rather peripheral driver of the narrative.In The 39 Steps, the Mac Guffin is a stolen set of design plans.Hitchcock The Director mosaic at Leytonstone tube station.A series of mosaics of Hitchcock's life and works are located in the tube station which were commissioned by the London Borough of Waltham Forest He was the second son and the youngest of three children of William Hitchcock (1862–1914), a greengrocer and poulterer, and Emma Jane Hitchcock (née Whelan; 1863–1942). Hitchcock was raised as a Roman Catholic, and sent to Salesian College, Battersea, During the First World War, Hitchcock was called up to serve in the British Army; he was ultimately excused from military service with a 'C3' classification due to his size, height or an unnamed medical condition, but was nonetheless "able to stand service conditions in garrisons at home".In 1933, Hitchcock was once again working for Michael Balcon His first film for the company The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) was a success and his second The 39 Steps (1935) is often considered one of the best films from his early period, with the British Film Institute ranking it the fourth best British film of the 20th century.

The film was acclaimed in the UK, and it made Hitchcock a star in the US, and established the quintessential English "Hitchcock blonde" Madeleine Carroll as the template for his succession of ice cold and elegant leading ladies.

His military stint was limited, and he mainly engaged in theoretical briefings, weekend drills, and exercises.

Hitchcock would march around London's Hyde Park and was required to wear military puttees, though he never mastered the proper wrapping of them.

In 1966, Hitchcock explained to French director François Truffaut: [Mac Guffin] might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men in a train.

One man says, "What's that package up there in the baggage rack?

His first thriller, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), helped shape the thriller genre in film.