Although the majority of filming took place on the Universal sound stages, some location filming was done.
Hitchcock was keen for the city locations to be generic, so scenes were shot in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Early in the production, it became apparent that Hitchcock was having serious doubts about Roy Thinnes , who had provided the director with a list of character traits he thought The Trader should have. Shortly after filming the scene where the bishop is kidnapped, Thinnes was fired and actor William Devane was hired to replace him. According to Patrick McGilligan , Hitchcock had apparently anticipated this might happen and had purposefully shot some of Thinnes' scenes from behind, so that the actor's face wasn't visible, and this helped to minimise the number of reshoots required with Devane.
As with previous Hitchcockian villains, played by actors such as James Mason , Robert Walker and Anthony Perkins , Devane was cast against type in the role. Despite Hitchcock's well-known distrust of method actors, by all accounts he got on extremely well with Barbara Harris, Karen Black and Bruce Dern during filming. Just when we thought he had no idea what was going on, he'd snap us all to attention with the most incredible awareness of some small but disastrous detail that nobody would have noticed until it got on the screen.
Partway through filming, Variety confirmed in mid-July that the film had been retitled Family Plot. Rather than using standard rear projection for the driving scenes, Universal persuaded Hitchcock to try an experimental technique the studio was developing which optically composited the background into the film frame. Unfortunately, the end result was substandard and criticised by many of the reviewers.
In November, Universal's music executive Harry Garfield recommended John Williams after Hitchcock had rejected an earlier suggestion by the studio to give Henry Mancini a second chance, following his rejected score for Frenzy. The composer had received considerable praise for his iconic score for Steven Spielberg's Jaws , which had been released whilst Family Plot was being filmed in June. According to Williams, although he was keen to work with Hitchcock, he first sought approval from his friend Bernard Herrmann before accepting the offer. Herrmann then flew to New York in December to record the score and passed away on Christmas Eve, just a few hours after completing the recording.
The composer met regularly with Hitchcock to discuss the score and to dine with the director, although the conversation frequently wandered on to other topics, such as Hitchcock's favourite composers, including Edward Elgar. When Williams commented, "it seems for a murder that's very appropriate", Hitchcock responded, "Mr.
Hitchcock, who had just returned from what would prove to be his final Christmas trip to St. Moritz and was again struggling again with health problems, briefly attended one of the sessions and nodded his approval. Two days later, Hitchcock took part in a lengthy video press conference hosted by Richard Schickel. Many of the reviews were warmly positive. The Times noted that the film "has the geometric ingenuity of the later American work, along with the delight in quirky character that marked Hitchcock's British period [ In his review for Commentary , William S.
Pechter concluded by saying, "Perhaps it's true that what one sees in Family Plot is the reflection of an aged artist's attainment of tranquility: of a serene wisdom in which all those childhood terrors have been finally exorcised, and put behind him. If so, so much the better for Hitchcock.
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John Surratt and Booth enlisted six men to help them. John Cemetery after city staff removed her family's memorial without notice or permission. Both he and she were arrested. Hitchcock met with actress Karen Black in February and immediately cast her as Fran, the villain's wife. At long last, the entire magical, mischievous and macabre score is available. Script meetings progressed slowly but steadily and Lehman completed a first draft by April According to Williams, although he was keen to work with Hitchcock, he first sought approval from his friend Bernard Herrmann before accepting the offer.
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