Alfred Hitchcock's
Cameo

Cameos

Most fans are of the impression that Alfred Hitchcock made cameo appearances in all of his movies. That was not the case - quite. His first appearance came in his third film, The Lodger, in which he appeared twice. The cameo roles started quite by accident in a way. It began, basically, because in the early days the budgets could ill afford to hire extras. Later it became a "superstition" and eventually a gag. As time passed by Hitchcock made sure he appeared near the start of the film so as not to be a distraction to the story. His final cameo came in his final film, Family Plot.

Family Plot

1976
In silhouette through the door of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, 41 minutes into the movie.

Frenzy

1972
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

1966
8 minutes into the film, sitting in the Hotel d'Angleterre lobby with a blond baby. (He apparently took a liking to blonds quite early on)!

Marnie

1964
Entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by, 5 minutes in.

The Birds

1963
Leaving the pet shop with two white terriers as Tippi Hedren enters, 2 minutes in.

Psycho

1960
4 minutes in, through Janet Leigh's window as she returns to her office. He is wearing a cowboy hat.

North By Northwest

1959
Missing a bus during the opening credits, 2 minutes in.

Vertigo

1958
In a gray suit walking in the street, 11 minutes in.

The Wrong Man

1956
Narrating the film's prologue.

The Man Who Knew Too Much

1956
Watching acrobats in the Moroccan marketplace (his back to the camera) just before the murder, 25 minutes in.

The Trouble With Harry

1955
Walking past the parked limousine of an old man who is looking at paintings, 20 minutes into the film.

To Catch A Thief

1955
10 minutes in, sitting to the left of Cary Grant on a bus.

Rear Window

1954
Winding the clock in the songwriter's apartment, a half hour into the movie.

Dial M for Murder

1954
On the left side of the class-reunion photo, 13 minutes into the film.

I Confess

1953
Crossing the top of a staircase after the opening credits, 1 minute in.

Strangers on A Train

1951
Boarding a train with a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off in his hometown, 10 minutes in.

Stage Fright

1950
Turning to look at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid, 38 minutes in.

Under Capricorn

1949
In the town square during a parade, wearing a blue coat and brown hat, in the first 5 minutes, AND 10 minutes later, he is one of three men on the steps of Government House.

Rope

1948
His trademark can be seen briefly on a neon sign in the view from the apartment window, 55 minutes into the movie.

The Paradine Case

1947
Leaving the train and Cumberland Station, carrying a cello, 36 minutes in.

Notorious

1946
At a big party in Claude Rains' mansion, drinking champagne and then quickly departing, an hour after the film begins.

Spellbound

1945
Coming out of an elevator at the Empire Hotel, carrying a violin case and smoking a cigarette, 40 minutes in.

Lifeboat

1944
In the "before" and "after" pictures in the newspaper ad for Reduco Obesity Slayer, being read on the boat by William Bendix, 25 minutes in.

Shadow of A Doubt

1943
On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards, 17 minutes in.

Saboteur

1942
Standing in front of Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car stops, an hour in.

Suspicion

1941
Mailing a letter at the village postbox, 45 minutes in.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

1941
41 minutes through, passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building.

Foreign Correspondent

1940
11 minutes in, after Joel McCrea leaves his hotel, wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper.

Rebecca

1940
Walking near the phone booth in the final part of the film (123 minutes in), just after George Sanders makes a call.

The Lady Vanishes

1938
Very near the end of the movie (90 minutes in), in Victoria Station, wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette.

Young and Innocent

1938
Outside the courthouse, holding a camera, 15 minutes in.

The 39 Steps

1935
Tossing some litter while Robert Donat and Lucie Mannheim run from the theater, 7 minutes into the movie.

Murder

1930
Walking past the house where the murder was committed, an hour into the movie.

Blackmail

1929
Being bothered by a small boy as he reads a book in the subway, 11 minutes in.

Easy Virtue

1927
Walking past a tennis court, carrying a walking stick, 15 minutes in.

The Lodger

1926-1927
At a desk in a newsroom (3 minutes in) AND later in the crowd watching an arrest (92 minutes in).
TELEVISION

Dip in the Pool

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1958
As a cover picture on a magazine a passenger is reading. This is the only cameo Hitch made in a television show (Except for his opening and closing remarks, of course)! Dip In The Pool was one of only twenty television shows Hitchcock personally directed...