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Alfred Hitchcock's cameo appearances

Sir Alfred Hitchcock (13 August 1899, London, England—29 April 1980, Bel Air, California, USA), English film director and producer renown for his suspenseful films and television programmes winning him critical acclaim. With a successful career in Britain, he moved to the US in 1939 and became a US citizen in 1955. He was awarded a KBE in 1980.

Alfred Hitchcock's Film and Television Works
#
Year
Title Genre
Mins into film
1
1926
The Lodger Seated at a desk in a newsroom.
3
2
1926

The Lodger

Wearing a grey cap and leaning against an iron railing as a member of a crowd watching an arrest.

92
3
1927

Easy Virtue

Walking past a tennis court with a walking stick.

15
4

1929

Blackmail

Reading a book on the subway as a small boy annoys him.

11
5

1930

Murder!

Passing the house of the murder scene.

60
6

1935

The 39 Steps

Littering outside a theatre.

7
7

1937

Young and Innocent

A photographer outside the courthouse.

15
8

1938

The Lady Vanishes

In Victoria Station, wearing a black coat and smoking.

90
9

1940

Rebecca

Passing the call box after the scene where George Sanders' makes his call.

123
10

1940

Foreign Correspondent

Outside the hotel, walking towards the camera, reading a newspaper and wearing a coat.

11
11

1941

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building.

41
12

1941

Suspicion

Posting a letter at the village letterbox.

45
13

1942 

Saboteur

In front of the window of the shop 'Cut Rate Drugs'.

60
14

1943

Shadow of a Doubt

Playing cards on the train to Santa Rosa.

17
15

1944

Lifeboat

Pictures of the model in the 'before' and 'after' advertisement for 'Reduco Obesity Slayer' in the newspaper being read by Gus.

25
16

1945

Spellbound

Leaving the lift of the Empire Hotel, carrying a violin case and smoking.

36
17

1946

Notorious

Drinking champagne and quickly leaving the party at Claude Rain's mansion.

64
18

1947

The Paradine Case

Leaving the train at Cumberland Station, carrying a cello.

36
19

1948

Rope

Silhouette on the neon sign seen in the view from the apartment window.[1]

52
20

1949

Under Capricorn

During the parade at the town square, wearing a blue coat and brown hat.

3
21

1949

Under Capricorn

One of the three men on the steps of Government House.

14
22

1950

Stage Fright

Turning to Jane Wyman who is disguised as the maid.

38
23

1951

Strangers on a Train

Boarding a train carrying a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off.

10
24

1953

I Confess

Crossing the top of the staircase.

1
25

1954

Dial M for Murder

On the left side of the school reunion dinner photograph on Ray Milland's wall.

13
26

1954

Rear Window

Winding the clock on the mantelpiece in the songwriter's apartment.

25
27

1955

To Catch a Thief

Sitting on the bus beside Cary Grant.

10
28

1955

The Trouble with Harry

Passing the limousine of the elderly man looking at the painting exhibition.

21
29

1956

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Watching the acrobats at the Moroccan market with his back to the camera.

25
30

1956

The Wrong Man

Prologue narrator for the film.

Opening of film
31

1958

Vertigo

Walking past 'Elster's' shipyard carrying a musical instrument case.

10
32 
1958 
'A Dip in the Pool' from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series Appears on the cover of a magazine that a passenger is reading.[2] 
 
33

1959

North by Northwest

Missing the bus.

2
(opening credits)
34

1960

Psycho

Seen through Janet Leigh's office window, wearing a cowboy hat.

7
35

1963

The Birds

Walking out of Davidson's Pet Shop with two terriers as Tippi Hedren enters.

2
36

1964

Marnie

Entering the left side of the hotel corridor from a room as Tippi Hedren passes by.

5
37

1966

Torn Curtain

Sitting in n the lobby of the Hotel d'Angleterre with a blond baby on his lap.

8
38

1969

Topaz

Being pushed in a wheelchair at LaGuardia Airport; he then gets up, shakes hands with a man and leaves.

28
39

1972

Frenzy

Three appearances amongst the crowd at a political rally. Firstly, as the camera approaches the crowd, he is seen on the left wearing a bowler. Next, his left profile is visible amongst the crowd at the lower left corner of the frame. Finally, he is shown amongst the same crowd watching a corpse floating down the Thames.

From 3
40 

1976

Family Plot

In silhouette seen through the door window of the Registrar of Births and Deaths talking to a man.

40


Notes

1. Some sources state that the man crossing the street during the opening credits is another AH cameo role.
2. AH's only cameo role in his television series.

Sources

McHugh, E. When? New York: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2005.

Van Heerden, B. Film and Television In-Jokes: Nearly 2,000 Intentional References, Parodies, Allusions, Personal Touches, Cameos, Spoofs, and Homages. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

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