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Caroline: He was flirting with you.I guess he noticed my wedding ring.
Patricia Hitchcock has a lot of wonderful lines in her father's films Stage Fright -- where she played MNPP mascot "Chubby Bannister" whose presence has blessed the right-hand column of this site since inception, scan down to the bottom if you've never noticed! -- and Strangers on a Train especially. (Her giddiness over crime solving, mocking her father's own preoccupations, is infectious in the latter film.) But I imagine it's her work in just a couple of minutes of Psycho that most of us picture when we think of her -- playing Marion Crane's busybody co-worker in the opening scenes at the office she steals her every moment and wrings tip top hilarity from her every bit. Psycho doesn't get enough credit for being as funny as it is -- even after the shower scene! -- and Pat sets the stage for that dark humor early on. The film wouldn't work without her.
I'm getting away from the subject of Pat herself -- all I mean to say is that watching Hitch's films I often feel like he's calling me "Chubby Bannister" too. There's an agreed-upon gleeful sadism to the experience, where we've made a pact that we're in this because it's all so fun and perverse and stylish but in the end more often than not the Straight Pretty People will be the ones left standing. I imagine Pat had to come to terms with men like her father lionizing the Grace Kellys of the world, while she got handed the Chubby Bannisters, and so I loved her profoundly for standing in for that, whether it had anything to do with her actual experience or not. I would have loved to ask her about it, and I'm sad she's gone. And I'm sad she didn't act so much more. And I hope she had the most wonderful life.