Double Take

 

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EXTRAORDINARY DIPLOMATIC MANOEUVRES


WALTER CRONKITE:
Good evening. For four days now, some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary diplomatic maneuvers have been taking place in Moscow. Vice-President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have thrown away the rules of polite diplomacy, it would seem, and are engaging in a rough-and-tumble impromptu debate. The topics ranged from rockets, communism and capitalism, war and freedom, to color television and the kitchen sink. The words sound fierce and harsh, as if they might increase international tensions and plunge the world into a new Cold War crisis. Uhm, the word MacGuffin... (rewind)

HITCHCOCK (voice):
Uhm, the word MacGuffin... [rewind]

MARK PERRY:
I’ll do it in sections, ok?
— Just, yeah...

HITCHCOCK:
Uhhm, the word MacGuffin, [rewind]
the word MacGuffin,

MARK PERRY (image + voice):
The word MacGuffin could be a Scottish name.

HITCH (voice) + MARK PERRY:
Comes from a conversation between two men [repeats]

HITCH (voice) + MARK PERRY:
Euh, in a railway train. [repeats]

HITCH (voice) + MARK PERRY:
One says to the other... [repeats]

HITCHCOCK and MARK PERRY (together):
What is that package you have above your head, on the luggage rack?
He says: ‘Oh uh, that’s a MacGuffin!’
And the man says: ‘What is a MacGuffin?’

HITCHCOCK IN PRISON:
[cop in prison:] Take your hat off. Name: Hitchcock, comma, Alfred. Height: five foot six. Weight: prisoner refuses to make a statement. Here is his record: 1940: picked up on Suspicion. 1942: Spellbound. 1944: Notorious. 1955: Rear Window. 1956: The Men Who Knew Too Much. Anything to say, Hitchcock?

[Hitchcock:]
Well, Sir, I know it ain’t got a good record. But I’ll try to do better.

[cop:]
Better? You call this doing better: appearing on television?

[Hitchcock:]
I’m sorry, Sir! But my family was hungry.

[cop:]
Now, take him away.

[Hitchcock:]
Wait a minute, Sir! You’ve got the wrong man!