John Michael Hayes


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John Michael Hayes (11 May 1919 – 19 November 2008) was an American screenwriter, who scripted several of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the 1950s, and subject of the book "Writing with Hitchcock" by Steven DeRosa.

Hayes was born in Worcester, Massachusetts to John Michael Hayes Sr. and Ellen Mabel Hayes. Hayes Sr. was a tool and die maker but had performed as a song and dance ... more »

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  • Every time an ashtray is missing from a hotel, they don't come looking for you. But let a diamond bracelet disappear in France and they shout John Robie, the Cat. You don't have to spend every day of ...
    John Michael Hayes (b.1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. John Robie (Cary Grant), To Catch a Thief, With a copycat at work on the Riviera...
  • ''I wonder if it's ethical to watch a man with binoculars and a long-focus lens? D'ya suppose it's ethical even if you prove that he didn't commit a crime? I'm not much on rear window ethics.''
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) to Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly), Rear Window (1954)...
  • ''Stella, take these binoculars out of the case and bring them here, will ya? Trouble. I can smell it.''
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) to Stella (Thelma Ritter), Rear Window (1954). ...
  • ''Where does a man get inspiration to write a song like that? Well, he gets it from the landlady once a month.''
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) to L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart), Rear Window (1954)...
  • ''New York state sentence for a Peeping Tom is six months in the workhouse. And they got no windows in the workhouse. You know, in the old days they used to put your eyes out with a red-hot poker.''
    John Michael Hayes (b. 1919), U.S. screenwriter, and Alfred Hitchcock. Stella (Thelma Ritter), Rear Window, to invalid photographer L.B. Jeffries (Jam...
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