This is my contribution to Dorian of Tales of The Easily Distracted and Becky of Classic Becky's Brain Food, wonderful blogathon. About movies that are similar to Alfred Hitchcock movies that were not made by Hitchcock.
Foul Play (1978). Comic/mystery/thriller. Director: Colin Higgins. Cast: Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase.
The story takes place in San Francisco, (one of Hitchcock's favorite places to film his movies) where the Archbishop is murdered by his "look alike".
The story is also about Divorcee Gloria, who is living a lonely life working as a Librarian, after her divorce. At a party her best friend sits down with her and tells her "that she wants her to get out and start dating again". There she meets Detective Tony Carlson, for the first time.
So feeling a little adventurous, on her way home after a party, Gloria picks up a stranded motorist named Scotty, who gives her a pack of cigarettes with a roll of film hidden inside, to hold for him. The two make a date to meet at the movies later that evening. On his way to meet Gloria, Scotty is shot, when he arrives he tells Gloria that there's going to be a murder and to "beware of the dwarf", then dies. While Gloria trying to figure out what is happening, a dwarf, an albino and a man with a scar on his face, are all trying to kill her. She finally contacts the police. When SFPD Detectives Tony Carlson and 'Fergie' Ferguson arrive on the scene. Both detectives believe that she is hallucinating or on drugs. Tony, attracted to her, decides to help Gloria. Will they ever find the mystery behind Scotty and his death?
By now you know I'm a huge fan of Goldie Hawn. Foul Play does a wonderful job mixing suspense with a little comedy similar to Hitchcock.. Foul Play, was written in honor of director Alfred Hitchcock. Several of Hitchcocks films are referenced in the film: A innocent person becoming involved is a commonly used in many of Hitchcock films such as: The 39 Steps, Saboteur, North by Northwest and, The Man Who Knew Too Much, which gave them the idea of the opera house scene. Also, the story includes an object that is the central focus of the film and not explained until the very end. Hitchcock, also used this technique in many of his films.