Psycho

Psycho (1960)

28 corrected entries

Corrected entry: The film starts on a Friday. Marion, instead of putting the $40,000 in the bank, packs her bags, including the money, and drives away. She swaps her car for another one at a car yard. That night she sleeps in the car. So it is now Saturday. That night she plans to sleep at a motel, but is killed instead. So now it is Sunday. But the word is out that she stole the money, which they wouldn't have known until another day later, Monday, and after checking her room, and then checking the bank. Everything is preempted, by a full day. And no-one thinks that maybe she was murdered for the money; that she fought her robber/murderer, and is buried in the woods, weighed down and sunk in water. She's a good person, they all say that, but they all believe instantly that she stole the money.

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Correction: When talking to Sheriff Chambers the night of the day Lila first met Sam and Arbogast, Lila explicitly says that Marion "left Phoenix a week ago, yesterday".

Corrected entry: In the shower scene. The water drains anti clockwise. Bates Motel is supposed to be in Arizona, (northern hemisphere) so the water should drain clockwise.

Dennis Davies

Correction: That's a myth I'm afraid - it's far more to due with the shape of the sink and whether it's level: http://www.snopes.com/science/coriolis.asp.

Corrected entry: The state trooper asks Marian for her "license," but not the registration. Then he looks at the car's plate and verifies the number. But it would be on the registration, not on her license.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: When the trooper looks in the window towards the steering column, that's when he sees the registration. Back in the day registrations were taped to the steering column.

Corrected entry: Norman Bates spies on Marion by removing a picture from a wall in his back office but this cannot be so. If you look at the motel from the outside, Marion's cabin is to the right hand side of the office. As you walk into the office the front desk is on the left (as you can tell when the private investigator arrives) and the back office where Bates has his stuffed birds, etc. is behind the front desk. If he looked through a hole in his back office he would have been looking through an outside wall and not into Marion's cabin, which would be on the other side of the office.

pierpp

Correction: The Office and back parlor are slightly narrower than any of the cabins; but it is the same depth. The peephole is not in the back of the parlor, but the side contiguous with Cabin 1. Note that both outer walls of the parlor have a large window; the wall with the peephole does not.

Corrected entry: Janet Leigh is driving from Phoenix, AZ to Bakersfield, CA. On the way there is an interview with a state trooper followed by a shot of a sign on the highway saying, "left lane for Gorman". Gorman, CA is in the general vicinity, but it is not on the route one would take to get from Phoenix to Bakersfield.

Correction: This is exactly the route one would take from Phoenix to Bakersfield. Even more so during the time this was filmed. You would pass Gorman while northbound on the 5 in California. You can even google map the directions between the two cities and you pass Gorman.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film in the Sheriff's office, you can see a wall calendar with the date on 17. The film started on December 11th - Marion absconds with the money on the same day. She slept the first night in her car, then drove all day Saturday before arriving later that night at Bates motel, she was killed the same night. When Arbogast arrives we learn that Marion has been missing for one week, it is now Saturday, Sam and Lila visit the motel to look for Arbogast, (who by now is dead) and they go to visit Sheriff Chambers later that same evening. They meet the Sheriff the following Sunday morning outside the church, it is on the same day that Norman is captured and taken into custody, now the date on the wall calendar should have shown 20 and not 17, the story has lasted for a total of nine days and not six days.

Will

Correction: All this is true, but it can easily be explained by someone in the sheriff's office forgetting to change the calendar. Character mistake, not movie mistake.

Corrected entry: Mother comes out of her room and slashes Arbogast with a knife. After he falls down the stairs, Mother comes down and stabs him again. But when she does this, her knife has no blood on it.

Correction: Stabbing someone won't put blood on the knife unless you stab repeatedly or hold the blade in. A quick stab will cut the blood vessels, but it will take an extra second for the blood to begin to bleed out. A quick stab will have trace amounts of blood, but the blade won't be covered.

Corrected entry: The towel Norman takes off the wall to dry the tub with is white, when he puts it on the back of the toilet it is dark in color and when he throws it into the bucket it is white again.

Correction: The towel stays white for the whole scene. The darker piece of cloth that Norman places on the toilet tank is Marion's robe.

Corrected entry: In the closing scene, right before Marion's car is pulled out of the swamp, Norman Bates, or 'Mother' at this point, is sitting in a chair talking to himself. Watch his face closely before it shows Marion's car, and you can see the skeleton of Mrs. Bates superimposed over him.

Correction: Any information that can be gained simply by watching the film is not trivia.

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Corrected entry: The sound of Sam running down the stairs to get to the basement should have been heard, as the stairs are old and he is going quickly, but instead he just pops out and stops Norman from getting to Lila. He probably was just standing nearby.

Correction: Lila and "Mother's" screams could have easily drowned out the sound of Sam's footsteps. And we DO hear footsteps just before Sam appears.

Corrected entry: When Martin Balsam questions Anthony Perkins, Perkins says that during her stay at the motel, Janet Leigh didn't make any phone calls. "Did you sleep with her?" Balsam asks. Perkins says no. "Then how do you know she didn't make any phone calls?"This would have been verifiable on the switchboard, where a record would have been kept, especially in the case of a motel, where guests' phone calls are bound to be long distance.

Correction: This a character mistake from detective Arbogast's side. He assumes that Norman would have had to stay in Marion's room the whole time to be so sure she did not make any phone calls, but he does not know anything about running a motel, or how things like this are recorded.

Twotall

Corrected entry: In the very brief time between Arbogast's re-arrival at the motel and his murder, Norman manages to disappear behind the motel, reach an upstairs bedroom in the house, and change into "Mother" by the time Arbogast reaches the top of the stairs. Not only that, he does this without Arbogast seeing him, even though it's been established that the house is visible from the office.

Correction: Arbogast didn't go straight to the house after he made his phone call. It gave Norman plenty of time to change. Besides, he must have been used to changing into "Mother" by that point, since he'd done it so many times before, so it wouldn't take that long.

Corrected entry: During the filming of the shower scene, the filmmakers used very cold water so that the expression of horror/shock on Janet Leigh's face would be as realistic as possible. Mentioned in the Universal Studio tour.

pierpp

Correction: Untrue, and it's been corrected many times before. Janet Leigh said in an interview that in fact Hitchcock always made sure she was comfortable during the shooting of the shower scene. The cold water is a myth.

rabid anarchist

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, Sam is knocked unconscious by Norman. In the next minute or so, he manages to regain consciousness, run all the way to the house, and get to Lila and Mother in the basement. How is that possible?

Correction: It's not entirely *impossible*. First, the blow might have just stunned Sam, rather than knocking him out completely. Secondly, the house isn't that far from the motel - Sam could have recovered and reached the house in the time it took for Norman to become "Mother". Lastly, with both Lila and "Mother's" screams, it would have been easy for Sam to find them.

Corrected entry: When Arbogast reaches the top of the stairs and Norman (as Mrs. Bates) rushes out and stabs him, in the wide shot he misses Arbogast's face, no blood appears, and the knife hits him near his chest. But in the closeup, Arbogast suddenly has a bloody slash down his face.

Krista

Correction: It's a spurt of blood from his chest wound that's on his face, not a bloody gash.

LuMaria 1

Corrected entry: Before the famous shower scene, the woman removes her gown, and leaves it by the toilet. Once stabbed, she falls out of the shower (next to the toilet), and it has changed position. The gown then disappears when Norman is mopping the blood off the side of the bathtub and floor.

Correction: No, it's there the entire time. She drops the gown over the toilet seat. When Norman comes in to clean, it's still there, and he even picks it up and puts it on the toilet tank.

LuMaria 1

Corrected entry: After being stabbed in the shower, Marion's hair is flatly pressed down on her head. Later, when you see her lying dead, her hair is more curly.

Correction: It's possible that when her hair started to dry it began curling up. Mine does this all the time.

Krista

Corrected entry: Why does Norman carry a closed umbrella when it is raining?

Will

Correction: Norman only goes back to get the umbrella so that he can hold it over Marion. By the time he gets to her, she's already under the porch's overhang, so it's useless. Hence, his later joke about his 'trusty umbrella'.

LuMaria 1

Corrected entry: When Detective Arbogast (Martin Balsam) arrives to question Norman, he gets out of the passenger-side door of his car (we're watching from the driver's side and he's opposite us). The steering wheel looks like it's on the right side too. Flipped film?

Correction: The steering wheel is where it should be, on the left side. He parks and simply slides out the passenger side to avoid walking around.

LuMaria 1

Corrected entry: Something's not right about the money ratio in this film. The guy gives $40,000 to buy a house, which I assume in 1960 was a great deal of money and could have bought a substantial sized property. Yet when Janet Leigh trades her car in, she has to pay a difference of $700. Thats an awful big difference between two second hand cars bearing in mind the cars are quite similar and you can buy a great big house for $40,000.

pierpp

Correction: The dealer knows it's a great deal of money. He starts high and expects the customer to negotiate price. It just happened that Marion wasn't in a negotiating type of mood, and even the dealer was surprised she took it for so much money.

LuMaria 1

Corrected entry: Norman Bates invites Marion to have dinner with him as he was going to eat anyway. She accepts and he brings down sandwiches. She then says she's not got any appetite, and he said they are all for her anyway as he's not hungry. Odd really, why would he make dinner for himself if he didn't want to eat and why would she accept dinner if she doesn't want to eat either?

pierpp

Correction: Marion IS hungry, she just tells Norman she hasn't much of an appetite, since "Mrs. Bates" had just screamed that she didn't want Marion feeding her appetite with "my food or my son". As for Norman, he was being polite.

LuMaria 1

Corrected entry: When Norman is cleaning the bathroom, he leaves the toilet seat down. But later, when Sam and Lila go into that same bathroom, they find the seat up.

xx:xx:xx

Correction: Several days pass between the two scenes. Plenty of time for Norman to give the bathroom a second cleaning.

Twotall

Corrected entry: When Norman carries his dead mother down the stairs her legs are not stiff at all, but wiggle around loosely as he turns at the banister and begins his stairway descent. However, it may have given the plot away if she looked dead and stuffed at that point in the movie, but if she had been dead for many years (I assume stuffed by Norman), they would be stiff and rigid and not bend loosely below the knees.

Correction: He probably stuffed her so as to be "poseable" rather than in a fixed position since sometimes she sits in the chair, sometimes she's laid on the bed. Actually it might be easier to do it this way as you wouldn't have to insert rods to prevent the knees from bending.

Corrected entry: After Marion has worked out how much money she owes back when she decides to return to Phoenix, she rips up the piece of paper she wrote it on and throws it into the toilet. Later on her boyfriend and her sister come to find where she is and enter the bathroom she was killed, the sister looks down next to the toilet and there is a piece of the torn paper which she picks up. However when Marion was tearing up the piece of paper you can see that all the bits fell directly into the toilet making it impossible for that piece to be there.

Correction: Marion does throw all the pieces into the toilet but Lila (the sister) gets the piece FROM the toilet, not next to it. She says something like "There's something that hasn't dissolved here."

Corrected entry: Hitchcock turned on ice cold water half way into the scene without Janet Leigh's knowledge to get a genuine scream in the shower scene

Correction: No, this isn't true. Janet Leigh said in an interview that in fact Hitchcock always made sure she was comfortable during the shooting of the shower scene.

rabid anarchist

Corrected entry: In the Scene where Norman spies on Marion, he is looking right into the bathroom, but his office is next to her bedroom, rather than the bathroom. Hitchcock did this on purpose though, to see if anyone was paying close attention.

Correction: Marion is undressing in the bedroom not in the bathroom, the door to the bathroom can be seen centre frame. Incidentally, early cinema prints had a rather racy shot of Marion removing her black bra.

Corrected entry: When Norman goes to clean Marion's room, he goes into his office and comes out with a mop. Yet when he enters Marion's room, Norman also has a mop bucket with him (which he did not have before).

xx:xx:xx

Correction: When Norman goes to get the mop he also has a bucket, when he enters the room you can just see the metal handle in his other hand.

Corrected entry: In the shower scene after Marion has been stabbed, she slowly slides down with her back against the shower wall - you can see the blood from her back streaking down the wall and into the tub, but when Norman comes in to clean up, the wall is clean, and the only blood you see is in the tub and on the floor.

Correction: That is not blood on the wall as Marion slides down. If you look closer, it is actually her wet hair that is stuck to the wall. That is why Norman does not clean the wall in the shower.

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Norman Bates: A boy's best friend is his mother.

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When Janet Leigh is shown lying dead on the floor of the shower, there is a close-up of her open eye. The pupil is contracted to a pinpoint (obviously due to the bright lighting) where it should have been dilated. After the film was released, Hitchcock heard from several ophthalmologists who pointed this out and suggested he use belladonna eyedrops in the eyes of "dead" people in future films, as the chemical prevents the pupils from contracting.

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The blood in the infamous shower scene is actually chocolate syrup.

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