Le Stuff’s Definitive Location Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’ s Classic Film
Series Post #9
Following the hectic flower market scene in Nice viewers are treated to a wide shot of John Robie’s luxurious cliff side villa.
But, you may be asking yourself, is that really the villa?
No, its not.
For this particular scene, instead of filming the actual house in St Jeannet, Hitchcock used a wide, long distance shot of the village of Gourdon to simulate the villa. One can only assume he felt the tiny hamlet added the proper dramatic effect which, of course it does.
The ensuing scenes on Robie’s veranda with insurance agent H.H. Hughson (John Williams) were obviously shot in the studio, but the background is absolutely correct (showing the village of St Jeannet).
It’s interesting to note that there’s one line during the exchange between Hughson and Robie that was understandably changed for the German version of the film. In the original script, when telling Hughson about his housekeeper Germaine, Robie slyly remarks “she strangled a German general once, without a sound”. The line was revised for the German release to “she once caught a lion escaped from the circus with her bare hands”.
Next stop, The Carlton in Cannes….
The Drive to Gourdon
The drive up to the village of Gourdon from Pre du Lac on D3 is spectacular! If you’re in the area and looking for a dramatic diversion, this is about as good as it gets.
Read the next post in this series here.