What if Alfred Hitchcock kept a secret collection of outtakes…
…of incredible variations on his most famous cinematic moments? What if Hitchcock locked these scenes in a private screening room, hidden away even from his wife Alma, because they were too personally revealing?

Hitch&Alma, the new novel by Robert Schoen reveals the hidden meanings and the story behind Hitchcock’s work. This affectionate tribute to the Hitchcocks explores Hitchcock’s indelible partnership with his wife, his fantasy romances with leading ladies Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren, and the lasting influence of his mother and strange London childhood.


Hitch&Alma is a radically new type of novel, written and beautifully set in a highly readable and true screenplay format - creating a virtual movie on paper. It is an affectionate, yet probing portrait of the Master of Suspense, that has gained the respect of many leading Hitchcock authorities as an original, poignant, and often hilarious exploration into Hitchcock’s unique psychology.

"I enjoyed reading Schoen's (Hitch&Alma) very much. I found it exceptionally sophisticated, witty, and effective." - Martin Scorsese
"Perhaps Robert Schoen should come clean and admit Hitch&Alma is really a fantasy novel POSING as a screenplay. I greatly enjoyed its humour, imagination, boldness and acute insights. The story centers on Hitch’s relations with the women in his life - his wife Alma, his mother, and his leading ladies - all told with a most stimulating mixture of speculation and known fact that often convinced me that Schoen has put his finger on the very truth.

"I rate Schoen’s knowledge and appreciation of Hitchcock’s film highly. Hitch&Alma deserves a big success among Hitch aficionados."

  "I found Hitch&Alma very inventive and a pleasure to read. This will be a must for any Hitchcock fan -- and I hope the beginning of a real exploration of what Alfred and Alma were like as a team." - Dan Auiler, author of The Making of Vertigo, A Hitchcock Classic "As a dyed-in-the-wool Hitchcockian, I found Hitch&Alma absorbing. I applaud Schoen's seriousness of intent and mature appreciation of Hitchcock's work. This marks the first work I've read that attempts to speculate on Hitchcock and Alma's idiosyncratic day-to-day rhythms, tensions, and dynamic. Another plus." -Stephen Rebello, author of The Making of Psycho   Hitch&Alma uniquely combines little known facts, brilliant insight, great humor, and a healthy dose of fantasy to bring to life the drama behind the making of the greatest cinema of all time.  

July 2, 2001, Many thanks to TVOntario for interviewing me in Hollywood on Hitchcock and my book for their upcoming interview segment to be aired next season on "Saturday Night at the Movies," Canada's top rated prime time adult audience program. My interview comments on Hitchcock, his cinema, and his relations with the women in his life will be seen along side of those by his daughter, Pat Hitchcock. It should be interesting!

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On this site, you'll find a vast amount of background information pertaining to this new book, which finally reveals the hidden meaning behind Hitchcock's films:


A reading sample from Hitch&Alma:

An interview with author of Hitch&Alma, Robert Schoen

Did Hitch have a secret collection of Outtakes? Some Photos and Posters:

Alma, the woman behind a very large man:

Hitchcock's Other Leading Ladies:

The Mother in Hitchcock's films:

Hitch & Herrmann, artists with the same obsessive vision:

Hitch at Work:

The Perfect English Couple:

NEW! From STRANGERS to M FOR MURDER (Preview of upcoming article in the 'MacGuffin' Journal):

NEW! The True Meaning Behind VERTIGO (Preview of upcoming article in the 'MacGuffin' Journal):

NEW! Very large Archive of the [Guest] editor's day postings I've written for 'The MacGuffin' Web site. Over 15,000 words so far!:

Fine Art and Hitchcock:

Reader’s and Web Site Visitor’s Comments:

  Book description and how to order a copy of Hitch&Alma:

1999, Events Celebrating the Hitchcock centennial:

Links to other Great Hitchcock Web Sites:

(About the music on this site: These sound clips are selections from Bernard Herrmann's great film music. Because of their length and good sound quality, they take a while to load. All the more reason for you to linger and read the articles and the long excerpt from Hitch&Alma on this site.


July 5, 2001 Dear readers, it has been a while since I have last revised my website, but soon I will be adding new items in the next few days. One problem was that the email link below did not connect to my new email address, which is robertschoen@altavista.com To write me, you can now click on the icon below. This page plays the Main Title Theme from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.) The Hitch&Alma Title Page plays the same music and the illustration will appear on the cover of the new book Hitch&Alma.

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