It is thanks to a postcard that Hitchcock first found out about the mountain village in the uppermost part of Ötztal. It is in 1925, Hitchcock is currently in Munich for the production of his second film The Mountain Eagle. He is still in search of an ideal backdrop for outdoor shots. Then he notices a postcard in the shop window that shows a small, remote village surrounded by steep mountain slopes. The location seems to be perfect for his project. So Hitchcock asks the shopkeeper which village is on the postcard. “Obergurgl in Tirol” is the answer. Together with his assistant Hitchcock then sets off on the then tiring journey from Munich to Obergurgl.