The 1950s was probably Alfred Hitchcock’s classic era, when he controlled all the aspects of his movies, a true auteur. He typically combined a loose plot, usually set off by a “Macguffin”, with a slightly ambiguous leading man in a dangerous position not of his making, and lots of female sex appeal from his blonde leading ladies.
The next decade started with a massive hit with Psycho, but not all of his 60s movies were so popular.
Marnie was for most commentators an interesting outing, but one in which Hitchcock over-indulged his prurient side, and there’s plenty of casual misogyny here, and a not altogether sympathetic portrayal from Sean Connery playing against Tippi Hedren..
The advertising was clear – this was a ” suspenseful sex mystery” in the US and about “sex and suspense” in the UK. This is Lobby Card #2, and has another good shot of the main stars, with Connery in black tie, as well as border art based on the main poster.