Alfred Hitchcock pointing a finger at a seated lion for MGM's iconic roaring logo


"Come on, Leo, you need to be terrifying," says the iconic English film director and producer as he pointed a finger at the lion seated before him.

Photo via Retronaut

Well, at least that’s how one would probably imagine the moment caught on film in 1958 by Clarence Sinclair-Bull, one of the best known portrait photographers during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer stills department (a position he held for almost 40 years).

Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary English film director and producer whose birthday film fans all over the world are celebrating today, may or may not have actually “directed” the iconic MGM Roar for the studio’s logo. But the photo above, showing the director pointing a finger at Leo the Lion (MGM’s 7th and longest-lived lion) who seemed to roar on command, is certainly interesting, don’t you think?

However, it seemed that it was not all work for the director and his enormous feline star!

Tea time with a lion, anyone? Photo via The Aesthetic Curator on Tumblr

Happy birthday, Alfred Hitchcock!

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