Alfred Hitchcock’s Cameo Appearances

Cameo list courtesy of Col Needham, founder of The Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/

Family Plot

In silhouette through the door of the Registrar of

Births and Deaths, 41 minutes into the movie.

Frenzy

In the center of a crowd, wearing a bowler hat, three

minutes into the film; he is the only one not applauding the speaker.

Topaz

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.

Torn Curtain

Early in the film, sitting in the Hotel d’Angleterre

lobby with a blond baby.

Marnie

Entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi

Hedren passes by, five minutes in.

Birds,The

Leaving the pet shop with two white terriers as Tippi

Hedren enters.

Psycho

Four minutes in, through Janet Leigh’s window as she returns

to her office. He is wearing a cowboy hat.

North By Northwest

Missing a bus during the opening credits.

Vertigo

In a gray suit walking in the street, eleven minutes in.

Wrong Man, The

Narrating the film’s prologue.

Man Who Knew Too Much, The

Watching acrobats in the Moroccan marketplace (his back to the

camera) just before the murder.

Trouble With Harry, The

Walking past the parked limousine of an old man who is looking

at paintings, twenty minutes into the film.

To Catch A Thief

Ten minutes in, sitting to the left of Cary Grant

on a bus.


Rear Window

Winding the clock in the songwriter’s apartment, a half

hour into the movie.

Dial M for Murder

On the left side of the class-reunion photo,

thirteen minutes into the film.

I Confess

Crossing the top of a staircase after the opening credits.

Strangers on A Train

Boarding a train with a double bass fiddle as

Farley Granger gets off in his hometown, early in the film.

Stage Fright

Turning to look at Jane Wyman in her disguise as

Marlene Dietrich’s maid.

Under Capricorn

In the town square during a parade, wearing a blue

coat and brown hat, in the first five minutes. Ten minutes later, he is one of three men on the steps of Government House.

Rope

His trademark can be seen briefly on a neon sign in the view from the apartment window, approximately 55 minutes into the movie.

Paradine Case, The

Leaving the train and Cumberland Station,

carrying a cello.

Notorious

At a big party in Claude Rains’s mansion, drinking

champagne and then quickly departing, an hour after the film begins.

Spellbound

Coming out of an elevator at the Empire Hotel,

carrying a violin case and smoking a cigarette, 40 minutes in.

Lifeboat

In the “before” and “after” pictures in the newspaper ad for Reduco Obesity Slayer.

Shadow of A Doubt

On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards.

Saboteur

Standing in front of Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the

saboteur’s car stops, an hour in.

Suspicion

TWO Cameos: Mailing a letter at the village postbox about 45 minutes in. Hitch is also seen walking a horse across the screen early on at a hunt meet.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Midway through, passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building.

Foreign Correspondent

Early in the movie, after Joel McCrea leaves his hotel, wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper.

Rebecca

Walking near the phone booth in the final part of the film

just after George Sanders makes a call.

Lady Vanishes, The

Very near the end of the movie, in Victoria

Station, wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette.

Young and Innocent

Outside the courthouse, holding a camera.

39 Steps, The

Tossing some litter while Robert Donat and Lucie

Mannheim run from the theater, seven minutes into the movie.

Murder

Walking past the house where the murder was committed, about an hour into the movie.

Blackmail

Being bothered by a small boy as he reads a book in

the subway.

Easy Virtue

Walking past a tennis court, carrying a walking stick.

Lodger, The

At a desk in a newsroom and later in the crowd watching an arrest.

TELEVISION

Dip in the Pool, Alfred Hitchcock Presents

As a cover picture on a magazine a passenger is reading. This is the only cameo Hitch took in a television show. (His opening remarks on Alfred Hitchcock Presents do not count)


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10 thoughts on “Alfred Hitchcock’s Cameo Appearances

  1. Rick Danna

    Alfred hitchcock’s movie, “Number Seventeen” (1932), must be the only movie he directed in which he did not make a cameo. Does anyone know of any others?

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  2. Dave Miller

    On Psycho, I thought Hitchcock was seen crossing the street in front of Janet Leigh’s car as she was leaving the city after she makes off with the money?

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  3. Carlos A. Altgelt

    To Rick Danna: There are many without a Hitchcock appearance, especially the early films, such as THE MANXMAN, THE FARMER’S WIFE, THE RING, etc. All you have to do is compare the list of all Hitchcock’s films with the one above.

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  4. Carlos A. Altgelt

    To Alice Cooksey: But keep in mind that the one you’re talking about is the REMNAKE of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by Hitchcock. There’s no cameo appearance on the first.

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  5. Alison

    In “North by Northwest,” he can also be seen when they do a longer shot of the United Nations building, I think.

    Reply
  6. barjesse37

    I’m fairly sure that in The Trouble With Harry, the man walking past the paintings is not Hitch. I have loked at that clip numerous times, and am fairly certain that is not the director.

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