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Monday, September 21, 2009


From the 53 major films he directed, Alfred Hitchcock made about 37 cameo appearances. His first appearance came in his third film, The Lodger (1927), in which he appeared twice. He also appeared twice in Under Capricorn (1949). These appearances were very tiny parts – sometimes he was in crowd shot or just walking. Even in Lifeboat (1944) which took place on a lifeboat, he managed to show up: he appeared in a newspaper ad for a weight loss product. In Dial M for Murder (1954), the setting of which was mostly filmed in a living room of a flat in suburban London, he was in a class reunion photo hanged on a wall.

Hitchcock, a great filmmaker, witty, funny man and a genius!

The complete lists (screencaps)---

"The Lodger" (1926-27)
At a desk in a newsroom (3 minutes in) and later in the crowd watching an arrest (92 minutes in)

"Easy Virtue" (1927)
Walking past a tennis court, carrying a walking stick, 15 minutes in.

"Blackmail" (1929)
Being bothered by a small boy as he reads a book in the subway, 11 minutes in.

"Murder" (1930)
Walking past the house where the muder was committed, an hour into the movie

"The 39 Steps" (1935)
Tossing some litter while Robert Donut and Lucie Mannheim run from the theater, 7 minutes into the movie.

"Young and Innocent" (1937)
Outside the courthouse, holding a camera, 15 minutes in.

"The Lady Vanishes" (1938)
Very near the end of the movie (90 minutes in) in Victoria Station, wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette.

"Rebecca" (1940)
Walking near the phone booth in the final part of the film (123 minutes in), just after George Sanders makes a call.

"Foreign Correspondent' (1940)
11 minutes in, after Joel McCrea leaves his hotel, wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper.

"Suspicion" (1941)
Mailing a letter at the village postbox, 45 minutes in.

"Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (1941)
41 minutes through, passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building.

"Saboteur" (1942)
Standing in front of Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car stops, an hour in.

"Shadow of a Doubt" (1943)
On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards, 17 minutes in.

"Lifeboat'" (1944)
In the newspaper ad for Reduco Obesity Slayer, being read on the boat by William Bendix, 25 minutes in.

"Spellbound" (1945)
Coming out of an elevator at the Empire Hotel, carrying a violin case and smoking a cigarette, 40 minutes in.

"Notorious" (1946)At a big party in Claude Rains mansion, drinking champagne and then quickly departing, an hour after the film begins.

The Paradine Case" (1947)
Leaving the train and Cumberland Station, carrying a cello, 36 minutes in.

"Under Capricorn" (1949)In the town square during a parade, wearing a blue coat and brown hat, in the first 5 minutes, and 10 minutes later, he is one of three men on the steps of Government House.

"Rope" (1949)
See the red neon sign on the right of the cityscape from the set

"Stage Fright" (1950)
Turning to look at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid, 38 minutes in.

"Strangers on a Train" (1951)
Boarding a train with a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off in his hometown, 10 minutes in.

"I Confess" (1953)
Crossing the top of a staircase after the opening credits, 1 minute in.

"Dial M For Muder" (1954)
On the left side of the class-reunion photo, 13 minutes into the film.

"Rear Window" (1954)
Winding the clock in the songwriter's apartment, a half hour into the movie.

"To Catch a Thief" (1955)
Sitting to the left of Cary Grant on a bus, 10 minutes in.

"The Trouble With Harry" (1955)
Walking past the parked limousine of an old man who is looking at paintings, 20 minutes into the film.

"The Wrong Man" (1956)
Narrating the prologue.

"The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956)
Watching acrobats in the Moroccan marketplace (his back to the camera) just before the murder, 25 minutes in.

"Vertigo" (1958)
In a gray suit walking in the street, 11 minutes in.

"North By Northwest" (1959)
Missing a bus during the opening credits, 2 minutes in.

"Psycho" (1960)
4 minutes in, through Janet Leigh's window as she returns to her office. He is wearing a cowboy hat.

"The Birds" (1963)
Leaving the pet shop with two white terriers as Tippi Hedren enters, 2 minutes in.

"Marnie" (1964)
Entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by. He looks at Tippi, then looks at the camera, 5 minutes in.

"Torn Curtain" (1966)
Sitting in the Hotel d'Angleterre lobby with a blond baby, 8 minutes into the film.

"Topaz" (1969)
Being pushed in a wheelchair in an airport, half an hour in. Hitchcock gets up from the chair, shakes hands with a man, and walks off to the right.

"Frenzy" (1972)
In the center of a crowd, wearing a bowler hat, 3 minutes into the film: he is the only one not applauding the speaker.

"Family Plot" (1972)
In silhouette through the door of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, 41 minutes into the movie.


Rodolfo Samonte said...

Did you find all of this by yourself, or is there a trivia book you referrred to? I have to memorize all of it for trivia time, hahahaha. I know and I've seen his cameos in most if not all of his American-made movies, not the British ones though.

Video 48 said...

I am a very big fan of Hitchcock, Rod. I have few of his books.

Anonymous said...

Galing po ng post na ito. Si M. Night Shyamalan mahilig din mag-cameo sa mga films na dini-direct niya. His only difference with Hitchcock is that his artistry diminished with every new film while Hitch's legend grew with every project.

Thanks for posting po.

- Jowana Bueser

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