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Release Date:
25 December 1977 (USA) See more »
The Master of Comedy takes on The Master of Suspense! See more »
Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. See more »
User Reviews:
Dizzy parody is Brooks at his height. See more (101 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Brooks ... Richard H. Thorndyke

Madeline Kahn ... Victoria Brisbane

Cloris Leachman ... Nurse Diesel

Harvey Korman ... Dr. Charles Montague

Ron Carey ... Brophy

Howard Morris ... Professor Lilloman

Dick Van Patten ... Dr. Wentworth

Jack Riley ... The Desk Clerk

Charlie Callas ... Cocker Spaniel
Ron Clark ... Zachary Cartwright
Rudy De Luca ... Killer (as Rudy DeLuca)

Barry Levinson ... Bellboy

Lee Delano ... Norton
Richard Stahl ... Dr. Baxter
Darrell Zwerling ... Dr. Eckhardt

Murphy Dunne ... Piano Player
Al Hopson ... Man Who is Shot
Robert Ridgely ... Flasher (as Bob Ridgely)
Albert Whitlock ... Arthur Brisbane (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Pearl Shear ... Screaming Woman at Gate
Arnold Soboloff ... Dr. Colburn
Eddie Ryder ... Doctor at Convention

Sandy Helberg ... Airport Attendant
Fred Franklyn ... Man (as Fredric Franklyn)
Deborah Dawes ... Stewardess
Bernie Kuby ... Dr. Wilson

Billy Sands ... Customer
Ira Miller ... Psychiatrist with Children
Jimmy Martinez ... Waiter
Beatrice Colen ... Maid
Robert Manuel ... Policeman at Airport
Hunter von Leer ... Policeman at Airport (as Hunter Von Leer)
John Dennis ... Orderly
Robin Menken ... Cocktail Waitress
Frank Campanella ... Bartender
Henry Kaiser ... New Groom
Bullets Durgom ... Man in Phone Booth
Joe Bellan ... Male Attendant
Mitchell Bock ... Bar Patron
Jay Burton ... Patient
Bryan Englund ... Orderly #2
Anne Macey ... Screaming Woman
Alan U. Schwartz ... Psychiatrist

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (written by) &
Ron Clark (written by) &
Rudy De Luca (written by) (as Rudy DeLuca) &
Barry Levinson (written by)

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... producer
Original Music by
John Morris (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John C. Howard (edited by)
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Richard D. Kent  (as Richard Kent)
Anne MacCauley 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Sugar Blymyer .... hairdresser
Terry Miles .... makeup
Linda Trainoff .... hairdresser
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup (as Tom Tuttle)
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager (as Ernest Wehmeyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Johnson .... second assistant director
Jonathan Sanger .... assistant director
David Sosna .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bill MacSems .... property master
Edward Richardson .... assistant art director
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
William Hartman .... sound effects
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... sound effects
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Monroe .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edmond L. Koons .... camera operator (as Ed Koons)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer (as Michael J. Marlett)
Guy Polzel .... key grip
Mike Ferra .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jered Green .... costumer
Wally Harton .... costumer
Nancy Martinelli .... costumer
Editorial Department
Thomas G. Jingles .... apprentice editor
Mary Scott .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrator
John R. Harris .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
John Morris .... conductor
John Morris .... orchestrator
Nathan Scott .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (as Danny Wallin)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jerry F. Johnson .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Roslyn Chaitoff .... assistant: to Mr. Brooks
Ron Clark .... production consultant
Stuart Cornfeld .... assistant to producer
Abe Glazer .... production accountant
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Harold Michelson .... continuity sequences
Ray Berwick .... bird trainer (uncredited)
Richard 'Bongo' Mitchell .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... dedicated to: the Master of Suspense
Crew verified as complete

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #25032)

Did You Know?

This picture was dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock.See more »
Continuity: When Montague takes Thorndyke to the violent ward, Norton opens the door's sliding window only half way. However, the reverse angle from inside the ward shows the window fully open.See more »
Dr. Richard H. Thorndyke:You want to x-ray the celery? What do you think we're smuggling dope in the celery? The celery's not for dope. It's for dip!See more »
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Dizzy parody is Brooks at his height., 2 May 2000
Author: James.S.Davies from London, England

Though often overlooked in favor of Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein, I believe this to be the pick of Brooks' parodies. Whether you share this opinion would depend on your familiarity with all things Hitchcockian.

It is not only Vertigo, as the title suggests, that gets the Brooks treatment here, but The Birds, Spellbound and Psycho are all parodied to various degrees of subtlety. Many of these films key scenes are simply re-enacted with comic touches, whilst the Hitchcock formalae is very much in evidence. The style is particularly amusing in its parody. Highlights include a probing camera becoming all too literally intrusive when it crashes through a pane of glass in the window, and a dramatic sound composition turning out to be merely the didactic passing bus load of a touring philamonic orchestra.

Resisting the out and out farce of his earlier effort, Blazing Saddles, and managing not to evolve into simply being a one joke movie such as the tendency of his recent efforts, High Anxiety is Brooks at his most clever. The cast, mainly consisting of Brooks regulars, all display splendidly entertaining and aptly silly impersonations of recognisible Hitchcock stereotypes. It is Brooks' finest hour however, with not only directing, writing, and acting to his credit but singing as well!!!

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