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.
Bernard Herrmann wrote the main title theme before Saul Bass created the opening credit sequence. Bass animated it to the music, creating the stabbing, wrenching look in which the credits are ripped in half.
Wouldn't it be better if you put her... some place...?
Norman Bates: You mean an institution? A madhouse?
Marion Crane: No, I didn't mean it like...
Norman Bates: People always call a madhouse "someplace", don't they? "Put her in someplace!"
Marion Crane: I'm sorry. I didn't mean to sound so uncaring.
Norman 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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