Alfred Hitchcock s 1944 film Lifeboat a drama about eight survivors of a freighter sunk by a German U-Boat was one of the most popular films of the year (it was also nominated for three Academy Awards) While posing for publicity photographs for the film actress Mary Anderson approached the director and asked What is my best side Mr Hitchcock? His reply was soon being circulated all around Hollywood: My dear you re sitting on it

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