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Episode No. 17: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)

Steve Head and David Kleiler discuss Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds, loosely based on the 1952 story “The Birds” by Daphne du Maurier. This film is part of the new ‘Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection’ from Universal.

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Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at His work has also appeared on, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.


  1. Would have liked to have heard a few of the different theories regarding the film’s symbolism discussed in more detail. Also, this show should have definitely been longer.

  2. Thanks for the note. I suppose I could keep talking and talking and talking about THE BIRDS. Curious though … How long would you prefer an episode to be? 30 mins? 45 mins? An hour or more? LMK. Would love to get some listener feedback on this.

    • This episode seemed to have just gotten going and then it ended all too abruptly.

      As for show lengths, I thought all the episodes I’ve listened to so far have been perfectly paced, especially the Night of the Hunter episode, which I think just may have been one of the finest bits of genre podcasting I’ve had the pleasure of hearing to date.

      • Thank you for the kind words and the comments, Robert. I’m glad you enjoy our webcasts. We are striving to improve as we go along.

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