Originally published February 14, 2017

Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock is known for a number of signature themes and plot devices—cameo appearances, blonde women, voyeurism, and of course murder—but one trademark that doesn't often get mentioned is people falling from high or dangerous places, which happens in many of his films. On the 90th anniversary of what Hitchcock himself called the first true Hitchcock film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, let's explore this overlooked director trademark.