Hitchcock quickly gained notoriety as a director who delivered suspense, twist endings, and dark subject matter. His own personality and gallows humor were embedded in popular culture through interviews, film trailers, and cameo appearances in his own films. He was popular with audiences at home and abroad, and in 1939 the Hitchcock family moved to Hollywood. In the three decades that followed he would cement his legacy by directing and producing his most successful and enduring works. His television anthology, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, ran from 1955 to 1965 and made him a household name.
I’d brought the pistol with me—the vintage Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32—the same model John Dillinger carried because it’s small enough to conceal. I got off a few shots, but the meek .32 caliber failed to penetrate the Land Rover’s windshield. The truck hit me, broke two ribs, but that was nothing compared to being caught below the SUV’s undercarriage. My jacket snagged in the rear axle and the pavement skinned me alive. I was dragged a half a block before a pothole freed me and the Land Rover sped away.