British born film director posing beside fireplace at home with pet Sealyham terrier, Mr. Jenkins. ( Note Picasso painting on the wall). Photographer described this portrait as "an Englishman spending a winter evening at home," but Hitchcock titled it "A Dislike of American Fireplaces." (1939 photo and caption from Life Magazine)
Oh, what a glorious few days it has been for technology. LIFE has partnered with Google to make its photo archives available online and finally, finally, finally Netflix offers instant viewing for Mac users. I'm currently waiting for Vertigo to download.