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A former San Francisco police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with the hauntingly beautiful woman he has been hired to trail, who may be deeply disturbed.

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Cast verified as complete

John 'Scottie' Ferguson
Madeleine Elster / Judy Barton
Marjorie 'Midge' Wood
Gavin Elster
Scottie's Doctor
Manager of McKittrick Hotel
Pop Leibel
Car Owner Mistaken for Madeleine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Ahdar ...
Priest (uncredited)
Isabel Analla ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Ano ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Margaret Bacon ...
Nun (uncredited)
Salesman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Juror (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ...
Ransohoff's Saleslady (uncredited)
Capt. Hansen (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Burglar (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ...
Mrs. Elster (uncredited)
Bruno Della Santina ...
Waiter at Ernie's (uncredited)
Roxann Delman ...
Ransohoff's Model (uncredited)
Harry Denny ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Beautician (uncredited)
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Juror (uncredited)
Joanne Genthon ...
Carlotta Valdes (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Don Giovanni ...
Salesman (uncredited)
Roland Gotti ...
Bartender at Ernie's (uncredited)
Victor Gotti ...
Matire d' at Ernie's (uncredited)
Policeman on Rooftop (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Stenographer (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ...
Elster's Gateman (uncredited)
Man Walking Past Elster's Office (uncredited)
Juror (uncredited)
Art Howard ...
Juror (uncredited)
Catherine Howard ...
Nun (uncredited)
June Jocelyn ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ...
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
John Marlin ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Miliza Milo ...
Saleswoman (uncredited)
Lyle Moraine ...
Patron (uncredited)
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Julian Petruzzi ...
San Francisco Flower Vendor (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ...
Older Mistaken Identity (uncredited)
Kathy Reed ...
Patron (uncredited)
William Remick ...
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ...
Escort (uncredited)
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
Woman in Museum Mistaken for Madeleine (uncredited)
Dori Simmons ...
Woman at Ernie's Mistaken for Madeleine (uncredited)
Ed Stevlingson ...
Inquest Attorney (uncredited)
Sara Taft ...
Nun (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Alec Coppel ... (screenplay by) &
Samuel A. Taylor ... (screenplay by) (as Samuel Taylor)
Pierre Boileau ... (based on the novel "D'Entre Les Morts" by) and
Thomas Narcejac ... (based on the novel "D'Entre Les Morts" by)
Maxwell Anderson ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

Herbert Coleman ... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

George Tomasini

Editorial Department

Richard Mueller ... color consultant: Technicolor

Casting By

Bert McKay ... unit casting director (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Henry Bumstead
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

Sam Comer
Frank R. McKelvy ... (as Frank McKelvy)

Costume Design by

Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Florence Avery ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Hazel Keats ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Ben Lane ... makeup artist: Miss Novak (uncredited)
Harry Ray ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Peggy Thomas ... hairdresser (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management

Frank Caffey ... production manager (uncredited)
Andrew J. Durkus ... unit production manager (uncredited)
C.O. Erickson ... unit production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick ... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
Don Robb ... unit production manager: San Francisco (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Daniel McCauley ... assistant director
Ralph Axness ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Cy Brooskin ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman ... second unit director: San Francisco (uncredited)
John P. Fulton ... second unit director: back projection (uncredited)
Edward Haldeman ... assistant director (uncredited)
Clem Jones ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)
Frank Kies ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)
Edward Morey Jr. ... assistant director: San Francisco (uncredited)

Art Department

Saul Bass ... poster designer (uncredited)
Jim Cottrell ... assistant props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Dominic Mautino ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Martin Pendleton ... props (uncredited)
Manlio Sarra ... portrait: Carlotta (uncredited)
Fred Simpfenderfer ... nurseryman (uncredited)
Lee Vasque ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Winston H. Leverett ... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
Calvin Loeser ... commentary track re-recording mixer
George Dutton ... sound (uncredited)
Nick Gerolimates ... sound cable man (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt ... mike grip (uncredited)
Jim Miller ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bud Parman ... sound boom man (uncredited)
Bert Van Volkenberg ... sound battery man (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom ... sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects
W. Wallace Kelley ... process photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Paul K. Lerpae ... optical effects (uncredited)
John Whitney Sr. ... motion control designer: title sequence (uncredited)


Polly Burson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... stunt double: Kim Novak (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Perce ... stunt double: James Stewart (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Earl Canter ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Robert Coburn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Earl Crowell ... electrician (uncredited)
John Friedman ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Adolph Froelich ... best boy (uncredited)
Bobby Greene ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Loyal Griggs ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
James Hawley ... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Warren Hoag ... electrician (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)
Michael P. Joyce ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Kaifer ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley ... director of photography: back projection (uncredited)
James Knott ... camera operator (uncredited)
Lon Massey ... electrician (uncredited)
Kyme Meade ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Walter Newman ... grip (uncredited)
John Nostri ... grip (uncredited)
Val O'Malley ... camera operator (uncredited)
H. Parsley ... grip (uncredited)
G.E. Richardson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Irmin Roberts ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Gus Ryden ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)
F. Steiner ... electrician (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire ... company grip (uncredited)
Paul Uhl ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Weddell ... assistant camera (uncredited)
B. Weiler ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
William Williams ... director of photography: animation (uncredited)

Casting Department

Olive Long ... secretary: casting director (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Leonard Harris ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Roselle Novello ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Dario Piazza ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)

Music Department

Muir Mathieson ... conductor
Leon Birnbaum ... music editor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Kathleen Fagan ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Anita Speer ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Saul Bass ... titles designer
John Ferren ... special sequence
Robert A. Harris ... restored by
Diane Cummings ... photo double (uncredited) / stand-in (uncredited)
A. Vincent Gerty ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bill Gray ... production auditor (uncredited)
Michael Hyatt ... assistant restorationist: 1996 film restoration (uncredited)
James C. Katz ... producer: 1996 film restoration (uncredited)
Frank Kies ... auditor: San Francisco (uncredited)
Luddie Laine ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Al Peterson ... craft service (uncredited)
Art Sarno ... publicist (uncredited)
Herb Steinberg ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Dolores Stockton ... secretary: Mr. Coleman (uncredited)
Connie Willis ... script supervisor: San Francisco (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

Following his early retirement as a detective from the San Francisco Police Department, John Ferguson - Scottie to his friends - becomes obsessed with two women in succession, those obsessions which trouble his long time friend and former fiancée, Midge Wood, a designer of women's undergarments. The first is wealthy and elegant platinum blonde Madeleine Elster, the wife of his college acquaintance Gavin Elster, who hires John to follow her in Gavin's belief that she may be a danger to herself in thinking that she has recently been possessed by the spirit of Carlotta Valdes, Madeleine's great-grandmother who she knows nothing about, but who Gavin knows committed suicide in being mentally unbalanced when she was twenty-six, Madeleine's current age. The second is Judy Barton, who John spots on the street one day. Judy is a working class girl, but what makes John obsessed with her is that, despite her working class style and her brunette hair, she is the spitting image of Madeleine, into who he tries to transform Judy. The initial question that John has is if there is some connection between Madeleine and Judy. What happens between John and individually with Madeleine and Judy is affected by the reason John took that early retirement: a recent workplace incident that showed that he is acrophobic which leads to a severe case of vertigo whenever he looks down from tall heights. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • From Among the Dead (United States)
  • Darkling I Listen (United States)
  • Illicit Darkening (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (United States)
  • 'Vertigo' (United States)
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  • 128 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,479,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,486,818, 22 Nov 1996

Did You Know?

Trivia The opening title sequence designed by Saul Bass makes this the first movie to use computer graphics. See more »
Goofs Both times the main characters drive to the old mission, the wide shots show them driving on the right side of the road. However, all shots inside the car show them driving on the left side of the road. This is because the US 101 - where filming took place - near San Juan Bautista is split, with two lanes in each direction, by a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The film shows only one of the road's directions, giving the appearance that Scottie and Madeleine are driving on the wrong side of the road. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony No. 34 in C K. 338, 2nd Movement, Andante di Molto (piu tosto allegretto) See more »
Crazy Credits The opening Paramount logo is in black and white while the rest of the film, including the closing Paramount logo, is in Technicolor. See more »
Quotes Scottie: Don't you think its kind of a waste for the two of us...
Madeleine: To wander separately? But, only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.
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