Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins
I took Anthony Perkins into my dressing room - he was supposed to be my young lover - and I said, “For heavens sake kiss me!” Anthony did a double-take, then he laughed and said, “Why? What for?” I said, “Because we’ve got to do it later in the film, and I don’t know you, I’m hardly acquainted with you, and I’m shy and I blush. Much better we do our first rehearsal in my dressing room, so that I shan’t start dreading the moment when we have to do it in front of a hundred technicians.” He grinned, and understood, and said, “Okay,” then he kissed me. ― Ingrid Bergman: My Story
OMG!! That is the cutest thing I ever read!! :D
The soundtrack of screeching violins, violas and cellos was an original all-strings piece by composer Bernard Herrmann titled “The Murder”. Hitchcock originally intended to have no music for the sequence (and all motel scenes), but Herrmann insisted he try his composition. Afterward, Hitchcock agreed it vastly intensified the scene, and nearly doubled Herrmann’s salary. The blood in the scene is reputed to have been Bosco chocolate syrup, which shows up better on black-and-white film, and has more realistic density than stage blood.The sound of the knife entering flesh was created by plunging a knife into a casaba melon.
It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you? 288/365
Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins (and the profile of Steve McQueen), first day on the set of Psycho. 1960.