[PW] ? Alfred Hitchcock Quotation (Quotation Query #782)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Fri Sep 8 13:33:41 PDT 2017

Great work, Barb and Donna. Below is some text from the 1963 citation
identified by Donna. Hitchcock refers to George Bernard Shaw, but he
does not seem to be quoting him. He might be making a joke about the
long length of the first act of an early play by Shaw.

Date: November 22, 1963
Newspaper: The Oregonian
Newspaper Location: Portland, Oregon
Article: Behind the Mike by Francis Murphy
Quote Page 7, Column 1
Database: GenealogyBank

[Begin excerpt]
Motion pictures are the only form of entertainment where the audience
is forced to sit quietly for two or three hours without interruption,
Hitchcock continued. In theatrical terms, television is superior in
this regard to motion pictures. The hour-long show is broken into
three acts because of the commercials.

"Wasn't it George Bernard Shaw who tried that noble experiment in one
of his early plays? He tried to discover how long the first act could
run, based upon the endurance of the human bladder. I wish I could
recall his conclusions."
[End excerpt]


On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 12:21 AM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:
> On 9/7/2017 11:36 PM, Barbara Schmidt wrote:
>> I did a Google Advanced Books search for the phrase "human bladder" plus
>> the word "endurance" published between 1950-1980.  There are a couple of
>> hits which indicate Hitchcock was quoting Bernard Shaw.  These are in
>> snippet views only.  The one from TAKE ONE: THE CANADIAN FILM MAGAZINE,
>> Vol. 1 (1967) appears to be an interview.
> Fred, and Barb:  I find Hitchcock quoting George Bernard Shaw, and saying
> Shaw was indeed the source of the "endurance of the human bladder" quip,
> back in 1963.  I can send the column along, but it's from "Behind the Mike,"
> by Francis Murphy, Portland Oregonian 22 November 1963, on the
> Newsbank/Genealogybank database.
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