50 Years of Hitchcock

(Pictured above: James Stewart in ‘Rear Window’)

50 Years of Hitchcocka free online course covering the “Master of Suspense,” starts today, June 26, and runs through August 7. Although presented by Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in partnership with Ball State University, you can enroll even if you don’t receive TCM.

But there’s a catch: You’ll still need access to 40+ Hitchcock films that TCM will run during July on Wednesday and Friday evenings. According to the course syllabus:

“If you are not a TCM subscriber, you will have to locate the films on your own. Here are some tips:

  • Many local libraries stock Hitchcock films
  • You can locate some of the films on streaming services to which you might belong
  • 23 Hitchcock films are in the public domain and can be watched for free on the Web. Open Culture has a helpful list of links.

But what about films not available on subscription streaming services? What if you don’t subscribe to such services, or if you’re just not into taking DVDs out of the library? Well, there are always online rentals!

To find just where you can stream any Hitchcock film, whether on a subscription service or by individual rentals, check out lists of available titles on JustWatch or wheretowatch.

The course, which covers Hitchcock’s 50 years of directing from 1927 to 1977, will include weekly lecture videos and “Daily Doses of Suspense,” described as “five-minute learning modules involving a short video clip that will unlock…Mondays through Thursdays.”

By the way, the above OpenCulture list of public domain film links is missing the very first film on TCM’s Hitchcock schedule next Wednesday: 1927’s The Ring. So we’ve got it for you right here:

Finally, we can’t guarantee it will still be free next month, but you can watch 1954’s Dial M for Murder now via TubiTV.





About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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