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Alfred Hitchcock
 Roles turned down by Alfred Hitchcock:

Anastasia
Alfred Hitchcock turned down the chance to direct the drama about a mysterious imposter posing as the Grand Duchess. Or is she an imposter?.
Actor who got the part: Anatol Litvak

The Bad Seed
Turned down the chance to make the film version of Maxwell Anderson's hit Broadway play about a monstrous little girl and her mother.
Actor who got the part: Mervyn Leroy

Casino Royale
Hitchcock turned down the chance to acquire Ian Fleming's 1953 novel featuring James Bond. the novel was done as a film for TV in 1954, as a spoof movie in 1967 and, again, this time as a more serious Bond adventure in 2006.
Actor who got the part: Martin Campbell

Cleopatra (1963)
Producer Walter Wanger had Alfred Hitchcock in mind to direct the film project which Wanger hoped would emphasize the suspense elements of the tale.
Actor who got the part: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Deathtrap
Alfred Hitchcock wasn't tempted enough by Ira Levin's 1978 hit stage thriller to make the movie version. Hitchcock screenwriter Jay Presson Allen adapted the play for movies.
Actor who got the part: Sidney Lumet

The Exorcist
Turned down the chance to acquire the screen rights to William Peter Blatty's novel and also turned down the chance to direct the film when another producer bought the rights to the property.
Actor who got the part: William Friedkin

Hamlet
In the '40s, the director considered a modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic play with Cary Grant as his star. the whole idea got dropped for many reasons.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made

Jane Eyre
The master director turned down the offer for him to direct the movie version of Charlotte Bronte's classic Gothic novel.
Actor who got the part: Robert Stevenson

The Keys of the Kingdom
Hitchcock liked the A.J. Cronin novel about a young priest sent to establish a Catholic parish in China, but plans for him to direct the movie version in the '40s fell through.
Actor who got the part: John M. Stahl

The Lodger
In the '40s, Hitchcock bought the remake rights to the Silent film that helped put him on the map but could never convince a studio to let him remake the film in color.

No Highway
James Stewart and the studio failed to interest Hitchcock in directing this thriller from Nevil Shute's novel about an aeronautical engineer who believes the crowded plane he is on will fall apart during its flight.
Actor who got the part: Henry Koster

Rosemary's Baby
Turned down the chance to acquire Ira Levin's novel and, later, to direct the film version.
Actor who got the part: Roman Polanski

The Short Night
The great director spent several years late in his life developing with a number of screenwriters a romantic spy thriller set in Finland involving a dangerous spy, a man sent to kill him, and the spy's beautiful wife.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

Sleuth
Passed on directing the movie version of Anthony Shaffer's ingenious hit play.
Actor who got the part: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

The Spiral Staircase
The great director couldn't work up sufficient enthusiasm for this tale of a handicapped young woman in a turn-of-the-century New England beset by a serial killer who preys on handicapped women.
Actor who got the part: Robert Siodmak

Unknown Man No. 89
One of the last projects considered by director Alfred Hitchcock was based on the gritty Elmore Leonard novel about a flawed hero up to his neck in criminals and getting caught up with a sad blonde in distress.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made

Wait Until Dark
Offered the screen rights to the Broadway hit play by Frederick Knott, who also wrote "Dial 'M' For Murder" previously made into a film by Hitchcock.
Actor who got the part: Terence Young

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
When producer William Frye considered taking an option on the William Farrell novel in 1960, he and his friend, Bette Davis tried to get Hitchcock interested in directing. He declined, as he was busy promoting "Psycho" and trying to develop "The Birds" into a screenplay.
Actor who got the part: Robert Aldrich

A Woman's Face
Hitchcock, under contract to producer David O. Selznick, wanted to be loaned out to MGM the dark tale of a scarred woman trying to overcome her troubled past.
Actor who got the part: George Cukor

The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Hitchcock was originally going to direct but chose to make North By Northwest instead.
Actor who got the part: Michael Anderson









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