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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

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  • Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations.
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Norman Bates
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Lila Crane
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Sam Loomis
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Marion Crane
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Det. Milton Arbogast
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Sheriff Al Chambers
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Dr. Fred Richman
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Tom Cassidy
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Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock)
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George Lowery
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Mrs. Chambers
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California Charlie
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Highway Patrol Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fletcher Allen ...
Policeman on Steps (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Church Member (uncredited)
Prudence Beers ...
Extra (uncredited)
Kit Carson ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Deputy District Attorney Alan Deats (uncredited)
George Dockstader ...
Extra (uncredited)
George Eldredge ...
Police Chief James Mitchell (uncredited)
Harper Flaherty ...
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County Sheriff (uncredited)
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Norma Bates (uncredited) (voice)
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Man Outside Real Estate Office (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ...
Norma Bates (uncredited) (voice)
Lee Kass ...
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Bob Summerfield (uncredited)
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Policeman in Hallway Opening Door (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ...
Police Guard (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ...
Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
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Norma Bates (uncredited) (voice)
Lillian O'Malley ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Don Ross ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ...
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Hardware Store Customer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by (WGA)

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Joseph Stefano ... (screenplay)
 
Robert Bloch ... (novel)

Produced by

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Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

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John L. Russell ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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George Tomasini

Editorial Department

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Jim Wilkinson ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jere Henshaw ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Robert Clatworthy
Joseph Hurley

Set Decoration by

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George Milo

Costume Design by

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Rita Riggs ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Jack Barron ... makeup supervisor
Florence Bush ... hairstylist
Robert Dawn ... makeup supervisor
Larry Germain ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lew Leary ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hilton A. Green ... assistant director
Lester Wm. Berke ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Curtis Baessler ... assistant props (uncredited)
Bob Bone ... props (uncredited)
George Cook ... assistant prop shop (uncredited)
Dave Lee ... prop shop (uncredited)
Harold Wolf ... leadman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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William Russell ... sound recording
Waldon O. Watson ... sound recording
Robert R. Bertrand ... mike technician (uncredited)
John Ruth ... cable man (uncredited)
Harold Tucker ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Clarence Champagne ... special effects
Walter Hammond ... special effects (uncredited)
Don Wolz ... special effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Aldridge ... grip: Phoenix (uncredited)
Jack Austin ... grip: Phoenix (uncredited)
Eugene Barragy ... key grip: Phoenix (uncredited)
Walter Bluemel ... assistant camera: Phoenix (uncredited)
Robert Burkett ... camera operator: Phoenix (uncredited)
Norman Cassidy ... best boy electric (uncredited)
William N. Clark ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Eugene Cook ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Craemer ... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Davey ... camera operator (uncredited)
Bobby Greene ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Harper ... key grip (uncredited)
George H. Merhoff ... gaffer (uncredited)
Saul Selznick ... second company grip (uncredited)
Jim Sloan ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Sutton ... best boy grip (uncredited)
Tommy Wilson ... electrician (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy ... director of photography: Phoenix (uncredited) / second camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Helen Colvig ... costume supervisor
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Theodore R. Parvin ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Rita Riggs ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Location Management

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Charles S. Gould ... location director (uncredited)

Music Department

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Israel Baker ... musician: violin solo (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Saul Bass ... pictorial consultant / titles designed by
Virginia Boyle ... stand-in (uncredited)
Everett W. Brown ... technical advisor (uncredited)
John 'Bud' Cardos ... bird handler (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci ... stand-in (uncredited)
Anne Dore ... double: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
John Drake ... stand-in: Anthony Perkins (uncredited)
Margo Epper ... body double: Mother in shower sequence (uncredited)
June Gleason ... stand-in: Vera Miles (uncredited)
Melvin Hilgenfeld ... technical advisor (uncredited)
William T. Hurtz ... director: animated titles (uncredited)
Myra Jones ... stand-in: Janet Leigh (uncredited)
Richard Kindelon ... stand-in (uncredited)
Harold Lockwood ... stand-in: Martin Balsam (uncredited)
Paul Mathews ... stand-in: John Gavin (uncredited)
Jim Merrick ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Marli Renfro ... shower scene double: Janet Leigh (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson ... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock (uncredited)
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Herb Steinberg ... publicity director: Paramount (uncredited)
Dolores Stockton ... secretary: Mr. Hitchcock (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother. Written by Col Needham

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Also Known As
  • Wimpy (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (United Kingdom)
  • Psychose (France)
  • Psicosis (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Budget $806,947 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Alfred Hitchcock was so pleased with the score written by Bernard Herrmann that he doubled the composer's salary to $34,501. Hitchcock later said, "33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music." See more »
Goofs When Marion first gets out of her car and meets the salesman at the used car dealership, a crewmember is reflected in the car door. Part way through the shot, he suddenly crouches down. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Psycho II (1983). See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: PHOENIX, ARIZONA FRIDAY, DECEMBER THE ELEVENTH TWO FORTY-THREE P.M. See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Norma Bates: [voiceover in police custody, as Norman is thinking] It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."
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