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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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Norman Bates
Lila Crane
Sam Loomis
Marion Crane
Det. Milton Arbogast
Sheriff Al Chambers
Dr. Fred Richman
Tom Cassidy
Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock)
George Lowery
Mrs. Chambers
California Charlie
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)
Deputy District Attorney Alan Deats (uncredited)
George Dockstader ...
Extra (uncredited)
Police Chief James Mitchell (uncredited)
Harper Flaherty ...
Extra (uncredited)
County Sheriff (uncredited)
Norma Bates (uncredited) (voice)
Man Outside Real Estate Office (uncredited)
Paul Jasmin ...
Norma Bates (uncredited) (voice)
Lee Kass ...
Extra (uncredited)
Bob Summerfield (uncredited)
Policeman in Hallway Opening Door (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ...
Police Guard (uncredited)
Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Norma Bates (uncredited) (voice)
Lillian O'Malley ...
Landlady (uncredited)
Man (uncredited)
Mechanic (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ...
Extra (uncredited)
Hardware Store Customer (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Joseph Stefano ... (screenplay by)
Robert Bloch ... (based on the novel by)

Produced by

Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Bernard Herrmann

Cinematography by

John L. Russell ... director of photography

Film Editing by

George Tomasini

Editorial Department

Jim Wilkinson ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Casting By

Jere Henshaw ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Robert Clatworthy
Joseph Hurley

Set Decoration by

George Milo

Costume Design by

Rita Riggs ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

Lew Leary ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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

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

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

Camera and Electrical Department

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 ... 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

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

Location Management

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

Music Department

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

Script and Continuity Department

Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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)
William Michael Redman ... audio description narrator (uncredited)
Marli Renfro ... shower scene double: Janet Leigh (uncredited)
Peggy Robertson ... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock (uncredited)
Herb Steinberg ... publicity director: Paramount (uncredited)
Dolores Stockton ... secretary: Mr. Hitchcock (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Phoenix office worker 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 forty thousand dollars 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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Taglines The picture you MUST see from the beginning... Or not at all!... For no one will be seated after the start of... Alfred Hitchcock's greatest shocker Psycho. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (United States)
  • Wimpy (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (United Kingdom)
  • Psychose (France)
  • Psicosis (Spain)
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  • 109 min
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.37 : 1 (original & negative ratio) (open matte)
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Box Office

Budget $806,947 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Director Sir 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, "Thirty-three percent of the effect of Psycho was due to the music." Ironically, he was originally adamant that there should be no music in the shower scene but he was persuaded by his wife to give it a try. The screeching violins and dire strings (which would inspire the music for Jaws (1975)) ending up selling the scene and driving theatrical audiences beyond anything they had ever experienced. See more »
Goofs When Lila approaches Mother in the fruit cellar, Mrs. Bates is seated in a four-legged chair. After Lila touches the corpse, it slowly spins around as if it's sitting on a swiveling chair. The effect was achieved by a prop man lying on his back rotating a camera head with wheels underneath Mother. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Psycho II (1983). See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits appear in a montage of horizontal/vertical bars moving across the screen. 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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