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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
According to Janet Leigh, the wardrobe worn by her character Marion Crane was not custom made for her, but rather purchased "off the rack" from ordinary clothing stores. Alfred Hitchcock wanted women viewers to identify with the character by having her wear clothes that an ... ...
I'm Norma Bates!
The drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles (the presumed location of the film's fictional suburb Fairvale, California) takes roughly 5 hours 30 minutes from downtown to downtown in the 21st century. Assuming that Fairvale is closer and traffic relatively light as it would be in 1960, Marion Crane, the protagonist, would have arrived there well before dark, if not just at dusk.
Even given the time that was "lost" after being stopped by the highway patrolman, the poor weather and the fact she used a secondary highway instead of the larger US 60 (the highway link between LA and Phoenix prior to the completion of Interstate 10) Marion Crane should have arrived at her destination within 4.5-6 hours. There was no reason for her to stop at the Bates Motel.
Opening credits prologue: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH
TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.
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