On January 24 1925, Alfred Hitchcock’s first feature film, The Pleasure Garden. The film was a commercial failure, however it propelled the aspiring director into the thriller genre, which would make him one of the most influential directors of the 20th century. Hitchcock landed the film after being turned down for another film, The Rat, by Graham Cutts.
Hitchcock’s second film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, was his first thriller and the director had already begun to exhibit trademarks which he is famous for, including the use of Expressionist techniques and the concept of “the wrong man.” Between 1926 and 1976, Hitchcock made close to 65 films, among them the infamous Psycho.
Alfred Hitchcock died in 1980, having established himself as one of the greatest thriller directors.