The Queer Voice in Marnie

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Society for Cinema & Media StudiesThe Queer Voice in "Marnie" Author(s): Lucretia KnappSource: Cinema Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Summer, 1993), pp. 6-23Published by: University of Texas Press on behalf of the Society for Cinema & Media StudiesStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225708 . Accessed: 01/04/2013 10:05Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range ofcontent in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new formsof scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. . University of Texas Press and Society for Cinema & Media Studies are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Cinema Journal. http://www.jstor.org The Queer Voice in Marnie by Lucretia Knapp Mother, Mother, I am ill, Send for the doctor over the hill. Call for the doctor, call for the nurse, Call for the lady with the alligator purse. Mumps said the doctor, The measles said the nurse, Nothing said the lady with The alligator purse. One of the most intriguing and haunting "voices" in Alfred Hitchcock's film Marnie is this jump-rope rhyme familiar to many girls. This song, which refers to Marnie (Marnie is identified with the famous first scene in which we see her from behind, carrying a purse), occurs at the beginning and at the end of the film and in each case is associated with Marnie's visits to her mother. Like other Hitchcock films, such as Rear Window, The Lady Vanishes, and Shadow of a Doubt, subtle songs contain significant clues.' The ambiguity of the rhyme

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