R | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
There are several references to birds in this film: Marion's surname is Crane, Norman's hobby is stuffing birds, and Norman states that Marion eats like a bird. Alfred Hitchcock's next film was The Birds (1963).
Oh, someone has seen her, all right. Someone always sees a girl with $40,000.
When Sam and Lila first arrive at the motel, there is a shadow of a nearby tree on the side of the motel office. When Norman runs down from the house a few seconds later, the shadow is gone.
Opening credits prologue: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH
TWO FORTY-THREE P.M.
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