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Madeleine Carroll was the first notable of Alfred Hitchcock’s “icy-cool” blondes being cast in both The 39 Steps (1935) and Secret Agent (1936).
Actress Madeleine Carroll was born today 2-26 in 1906. At one time in the late 30s she was one of the highest paid actresses in the world. She was the icy blond in Hichcock's The 39 Steps. Some of her other films include Secret Agent, The Prisoner of Zenda and Night In Lisbon. She passed in 1987.
Making a film means, first of all, to tell a story...The next factor is the technique of filmmaking...Technique should enrich the action...The only thing that matters is whether the installation of the camera at a given angle is going to give the scene its maximum impact. The beauty of the image & movement, the rhythm & the effects—everything must be subordinate to the purpose. - Alfred Hitchcock