Throughout her career, Alma Reville was credited with over 30 screenwriting credits. Eleven of those were co-writing credits from “The Constant Nymph” in 1928 to “It’s in the Bag” in 1945. Twelve of her credits were on her own without her husband, Alfred Hitchcock. They include “A Romance of Seville” (1929), “The Outsider” (1931), and “The Passing of the Third Floor Back” (1935). But she also worked as her husband’s film cutter and go-to screenwriter for 18 of his movies. While some of her efforts earned her formal credit, such as “Stage Fright,” many of the masterpieces she worked on omitted her name altogether.
She never cared about the credit, but Hitch always knew how invaluable she was to his films — as he proved in a speech accepting his lifetime achievement award. In front of all of his peers, friends, and professional contacts, he admitted to owing his success to four specific people: an editor, a scriptwriter, the mother of his daughter, and the finest cook he had ever known… all of whom were Alma. [Read more…]