Universal Pictures’ The Birds flocked into movie theaters in 1963. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright, The Birds tells the terrifying story of tiny Bodega Bay, California, and its onslaught from above by our fine feathered friends. Made for $2.5 million, The Birds premiered in New York City on March 28, 1963, earning an Academy Award nomination for Ub Iwerks’ superlative Best Visual Effects.
Here are eleven The Birds movie posters and collectibles that are sure to excite Alfred Hitchcock fans and movie memorabilia buffs. “I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn’t stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them?” – Ethel Griffies as ornithologist Mrs. Bundy
The Birds One Sheet Movie Poster
A restored one sheet movie poster (27×41-inches) in fine/very fine condition on linen sold at auction for $896.25. The Birds is based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier.
The Birds Lobby Card Set
A complete set of lobby cards (11×14-inches) in fine- condition brought $567.63. The Birds’ town exterior shots were filmed on location in Bodega Bay, California.
The Birds Half Sheet Movie Poster
A half sheet movie poster (22×28-inches) in folded very fine+ condition sold at auction for $334.60.
The Birds Insert Movie Poster
An insert movie poster ((14×36-inches) in very fine- condition brought $567.63 at auction. “It’s the end of the world!” a patron at a diner exclaims as the birds continue their slaughter.
The Birds Movie Pressbook
A showman’s manual – known as a pressbook in movie collecting circles – in uncut very fine condition brought $38 at auction. Inside the pressbook’s 42 pages are sample poster and lobby card images.
The Birds British Movie Stills
A collection of eleven British 8×10-inch black-and-white movie stills in fine+ condition sold at auction for $74. The Birds made its London premiere on September 10, 1963.
The Birds Movie Banner
A movie banner (24×82-inches) in fine+ condition brought $107.55 at auction.
The Birds British Quad Movie Poster
A British quad movie poster (30×40-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $418.25.
The Birds Belgian Movie Poster
A Belgian movie poster (14×22-inches) in near mint condition brought $50 at auction.
The Birds Australian Daybill Movie Poster
An Australian daybill poster (13×30-inches) in folded very fine+ condition sold at auction for $95.60. Hitchcock had discovered Tippi Hedren in a TV commercial while watching the Today show. It was rough a rough shoot for Hedren, who literally had trained birds thrown at her.
The Birds Six Sheet Movie Poster
A huge six sheet poster (81×81-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $1,135.25.
The Birds Movie Poster Credits
- All auction results courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
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