I've been reading the latest biography of Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd, which calls Hitchcock's old address, 'one of those anonymous West London venues'. According to Ackroyd, when Hitchcock became wealthier, he rebuffed the allure of moving to Mayfair. 'Hitch' made 24 films in 13 years when 153 Cromwell Road was his base. 13 is a number that reoccurs in Hitchcock's life, he was born on August 13th.
Here I am outside Hitch's old place, grabbing a photo on a wet, showery day, when few people are around. It's just impossible on a fine day, when multitudes of tourists are passing by and taking snaps of the old home of the best film director of the 20th Century.
Hitchcock was a cradle Catholic. Three of his grandparents were Irish Catholics.
His father was a greengrocer in East London who sent him to a Jesuit school, St Ignatius College on Stamford Hill.
Hitchcock's last film in England was Jamaica Inn, popular still because of the enduring appeal of Daphne du Maurier's story.