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Mantra Thinking on Alfred Hitchcock


I read a couple of books about Alfred Hitchcock, and you may be interested in some of the conclusions a Mantra Thinking, and no one else, would deduce from it.

Hitchcock directed when the Hayes Commission and the Legion of Decency had the power to keep movies out of theaters.

In dealing with this for more than forty years,  men far less intelligent than Hitchcock, were prepared for facing the censors.   With each movie, Hitchcock had a conference with the Hayes Commission, Legion of Decency spokesmen, and so forth, a regular round.

He put in scenes that barely offended the censors, then, at the inevitable meeting with them, he traded.  He bargained to remove one borderline offense if the censors allowed him to get away with another.

That much is in the biographies.

The biographies mention that Hitchcock regularly put Communists into his movies as the villains.  They don’t say so, but he was the ONLY Hollywood big timer who did.

I don’t think was a matter of principle.   I see clearly that it was a bargaining chip.

The fact that nobody in Hollywood objected to this habit of Hitchcock’s is a dead giveaway to a Mantra Thinker, and to no one else.

Each time, as in “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” the censors took any reference to Communists as villains out.   The biographers never think about this:  If Hitchcock put in Communists  and let the censors take them out, what did he get to leave IN in return?

THAT is the reason he kept putting Communists in and nobody in Hollywood called him that dreaded name, “anti-Communist.”   To a Mantra Thinker it stands out like horns on a pigeon.

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“Torn Curtain” was the only movie Hitchcock made where Communists were the villains.    It had to, since it was about stealing a formula invented in East Germany.

As a side comment, let me state that no Western agent ever stole a single invention or formula, military, scientific or industrial, from the Communists.   Communists invent nothing.

Now back to Mantra Thinking.   What did “Hitch” trade  in THAT movie?

Absolutely no one else would notice this.

The American agent would hold out the prospect to a person trapped behind the Iron Curtain of going to AMERICA.   Never once was the prospect of getting OUT of a country surrounded by “shoot to kill” borders ever mentioned.

The only thing better than being in their Communist homeland was going specifically to AMERICA.   I suspect that Hitch stuck in some references to getting OUT, and traded them in for points.                                                         

Even respectable conservatives NEVER mentioned the universal prison walls around Communist countries.

That was worth POINTS, and I’m damned well sure Hitch got them.


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This could have been called “Porch Talk,” but I don’t want to get those discussions mixed up with whatever appears here.

Porch Talk was for you.   This is for me.

No one questions you when you say you want to take a walk.

So I am taking a talk.

What really makes this different is that I am not taking a talk, I’m WRITING.

You might say that writing began as an industry.  It was an especially learned skill, part of a profession or by the head of family.

“It is written” meant it was important.

In the Evil White Man’s World, illiteracy, like starvation, is a thing of the past for anyone anywhere near normal.   You can still starve to death in hospital room, in fact, that is the only place anyone still does starve in the Evil White Man’s world.   Illiteracy has gone the same way.

You can only starve in a hospital because that is where we put people whose bodies are failing to process the nourishment they need.    There are tens of billions of dollars waiting to be spent on anyone who is illiterate, so the case has to be pathological for one to be unable to read.

Mommy Professor is a lot like the medical profession until a couple of centuries ago.   His ridiculous theories not only make the case worse, all the official thinking goes into the modern version of bleeding and using astrology, so that Mommy Professor today, like his  medical counterparts in earlier days, is a brick wall against any constructive approach.

This has happened to all to all thinking.  With the general spread of literacy, writing, like Mommy Professor’s Intellectualism, has become the property of of those who ordain each other as Intellectuals.

The spread of writing has lead to the restriction of writing to a bureaucracy, an industry.

Actually, set of different industries, each of which is largely  a product of personal contacts rather than any originality on the part of the professionals.

In fact if you want to write for a bureaucracy, originality is a death sentence.

OK. Bob’s Meanderings is now a go and no longer needs to go on the main page.


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