“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow
that shows up the bloody footprints.”
Alfred Hitchcock has a special appreciation for a certain kind of actress, one whose sex appeal he referred to as “indirect”. In many of his movies, the main female character is a sophisticated blonde woman who has a cool surface but an inner fire. These woman were referred to as “Hitchcock Blondes”.
Mr. Hitchcock says of the blonde beauties, “… sex should not be advertised… Because without the element of surprise the scenes become meaningless. There’s no possibility to discover sex.” Hitchcock also believed that an audience would be more suspicious of a brunette and therefore would not expect a blonde.
There was also a technical side to his preference for blonde women as most of his movies were filmed in black and white, Hitchcock believed that blonde hair photographed better.
In the movie Vertigo, the character played by James Stewart forces a woman to dye her hair blonde. In one of his earliest films The Lodger, Hitchcock’s villain stalks blonde woman. Karen Black plays a kidnapper in Family Plot, who wears a blonde wig and sunglasses as a disguise.
“Suspense is like a woman. The more left to the imagination,
the more the excitement.The conventional big-bosomed blonde
is not mysterious. And what could be more obvious than the old
black velvet and pearls type?
The perfect ‘woman of mystery’ is one who is
blonde, subtle and Nordic.”