On this date in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ premiered in theater. The thriller would open in Scranton on July 28, 1960.
The film starred Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles and Martin Balsam. It was based on a novel written by Robert Bloch. Reviews of the film ranged glowing for the actors Perkins and Leigh to cutting calling it low budget. But fans didn’t see it that way. People flocked to the theaters to see this cinematic gem.
In the end the film would receive two Academy Award nominations – Hitchcock for best director and Leigh for supporting actress. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 1992.
Brian Fulton has been the librarian at The Times-Tribune for the past 14 years. On his blog, Historically Hip, he writes about the great concerts, plays/musicals and celebrity happenings that have taken place throughout NEPA. He is also the co-host of the local history podcast, Historically Hip. He competed and was crowned grand champion on an episode of NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9140; or @TTPagesPast