1958: Alfred Hitchcock Directs the MGM Lion Amanda August 10, 2011 1950-1959, TV & film 5 CommentsFavourited 1171 times Add to favourites Picture by Clarence Sinclair Bull 5 Responses GP August 10, 2011 Is it just me or is this a bad Photoshop job? It looks completely fake, especially around the lion’s platform. Why on earth would they dangle a boom mic above the lion. Surely they could obtain the audio separately. Reply Mads August 10, 2011 @GP This was the 50′s. If they recorded it and used an overlay track they would have lost some of the resonance and maybe bass of the lion’s roar, the clapping of the jowls and smack of tongue against sharp teeth, the huff of air as he noses for his prey. As for the rest of the pic, isn’t it fantastic? A true artist at work. Look at the dedication, the fearlessness! How man and beast interact, feeding off each other’s vibrant energy! Gosh, I wish I could have been there. Reply Radioface August 10, 2011 Actually, there was a series of publicity photos like this with Hitch and the MGM lion. He was making NORTH BY NORTHWEST, which was his first and only film for MGM. There was another where he was sitting down at a table with the lion, pouring a cup of tea. Reply Ale G July 20, 2012 It is surely a fake. First of all both the lion’s stand and Hitchcook figure look clearly (badly) Photoshopped, secondly, here are real MGM released pictures of the set where the Lion was recorded: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_QnaBGGCCyyY/S9IEAS2NaPI/AAAAAAAABOA/Mzi4u_SIOOo/mgm_lion_2%201.jpg http://www.petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2011/01/mgmlion.jpg Reply Tom February 4, 2013 Of course it’s a fake, people! Do you really think Alfred would sit that close to a real lion? It’s entertainment folks, relax and enjoy the show. Remind me to never take you to a magic show. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.