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For Hitchcock Fans, Friday the 13th Is a Holiday

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TIMES STAFF WRITER

His name was Alfred Hitchcock. And for nearly 50 years, the Master of Suspense scared audiences with such movies as “Psycho,” “Rear Window” and “Vertigo,” and with his TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.”

For his 100th birthday celebration, several networks will be paying tribute to the British-born director. The Museum of Television & Radio will also be offering a monthlong festival of the episodes he directed for his TV series, along with some rare documentaries and interviews with Hitchcock, including an installment of “The Dick Cavett Show” from the 1970s.

Cable’s movie festivals will be presenting both the classics and lesser-known works such as “Jamaica Inn,” which was his last British film before he came to America, and “Stage Fright,” which marked his return to his native country in 1950.

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Here’s a rundown on who’s doing what:

American Movie Classics

The cable channel is celebrating the birthday Friday with four films and two documentaries:

12:30 p.m.: “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (1941).

2:15 and 9:45 p.m.: “Family Portraits: Alfred Hitchcock.”

3 p.m.: “Jamaica Inn” (1939).

5 and 10:15 p.m.: “Stage Fright” (1950).

7 p.m. and 2 a.m.: “The Movie Makers: Alfred Hitchcock.”

8 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.: “The Wrong Man” (1956).

Turner Classic Movies

The cable network pays homage Friday with “The Birds” (1963) at 6 a.m., “Marnie” (1964) at 8:30 a.m., “Suspicion” (1941) at 10 a.m. and “Dial M for Murder” (1954) at 1 p.m.

Encore

The cable network is premiering the documentary “Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock: The Genius Behind the Showman” at 8 p.m. Friday. It includes film clips and rare footage from “Kaleidoscope,” the director’s proposed but never completed 1961 experimental feature. There are also interviews with his daughter, Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell; actors Tippi Hedren, Janet Leigh and Norman Lloyd; and directors Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme and Wes Craven. Kevin Spacey hosts.

The documentary is part of a 24-hour Hitchcock festival that begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. with “Frenzy” and concludes at 10 p.m. with “Psycho.” Films included in the marathon are “Vertigo,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “Shadow of a Doubt,” “Rope,” “Family Plot,” “Torn Curtain, “Topaz” and two episodes from “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” TV series.

Museum of Television & Radio

The Beverly Hills-based museum presents “Hitchcock by Hitchcock: A Centennial Salute,” beginning Friday and continuing through Sept. 12. The series explores the themes and techniques that preoccupied the director during the ‘50s and early ‘60s. The tribute showcases the 20 programs Hitchcock directed for his TV series, including some not televised since the original airing.

Screening times are Thursdays through Sundays at 2 and 3:45 p.m., with an additional screening Thursdays at 6 p.m. The birthday kickoff marathon on Friday will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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TV Land

The nostalgic cable station is presenting 24 1/2 hours’ worth of episodes from Hitchcock’s two TV series, beginning Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Among the classic installments featured are “Man From the South,” with Steve McQueen; “The Right Kind of Medicine,” with Robert Redford; and “Lamb to the Slaughter.” On Monday at 4 p.m., TV Land’s August installment of “The Museum of Television & Radio Showcase” will repeat a 1957 episode of the series “Suspicion,” directed and produced by Hitchcock, titled “4 O’Clock.”

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