Number 13 (film)
Hitchcock filming Number 13 in Rotherhithe, London.
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Written by||Anita Ross|
However, some information about the film has survived. The story was about low-income residents of a building, financed by The Peabody Trust, founded by American banker-philanthropist George Foster Peabody, to offer affordable housing to needy Londoners.
Number 13 was written by Anita Ross, a woman employed at the Islington studio. She claimed to have a professional association with Charlie Chaplin, according to Hitchcock, in his book-length interview with François Truffaut, Hitchcock/Truffaut (Simon and Schuster, 1967).
Background and production
- Hitchcock rarely if ever spoke about his first directing project until his biographer, Donald Spoto, asked him about life in the early twenties, and his first films.
- Hitchcock, on one occasion, spoke about the film, saying that it was a "somewhat chastening experience", no doubt referring to his directorial debut being shut down and running out of funds.
- Much as with Hitchcock's later "lost" film The Mountain Eagle, footage from Number 13 has become widely sought after by film historians and collectors without success.
- Clare Greet was obliged to help the production by financing it with her own money; before her, Alfred Hitchcock's uncle John Hitchcock had also provided funds.
- Greet's generosity was something the director never forgot, and she appeared in more Hitchcock films than any other performer (except for Leo G. Carroll who also appeared in six Hitchcock films): The Ring (1927), The Manxman (1929), Murder! (1930), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), Sabotage (1936), and Jamaica Inn (1939).