Watch: Tippi Hedren’s Screen Test for Alfred Hitchock’s ‘The Birds’

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On this date in 1963, Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds was first released in New York. Star Tippi Hedren had many terrible experiences while filming the movie (both from birds actually attacking her during stuntwork and from Hitchcock mistreating her in many ways).

Of course, Hedren didn’t really know that when she filmed this screen test for Hitch before he cast her in The Birds. In this clip, Hedren runs through scenes from three of Hitchcock’s biggest hits, Rebecca (1940), Notorious (1946), and To Catch a Thief (1955). It’s easy to see why Hitchcock was so infatuated with Hedren’s beauty, grace, and style. Hedren would work with Hitchcock one more time on his next film, Marnie, and then would struggle as an actress for several years as the relationship between her and Hitchcock soured.

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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