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.
In silhouette through the door of the Registrar of Births and Deaths, 41 minutes into the movie.
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.
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)!
Entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by, 5 minutes in.
Leaving the pet shop with two white terriers as Tippi Hedren enters, 2 minutes in.
4 minutes in, through Janet Leigh's window as she returns to her office. He is wearing a cowboy hat.
North By Northwest
Missing a bus during the opening credits, 2 minutes in.
In a gray suit walking in the street, 11 minutes in.
The Wrong Man
Narrating the film's prologue.
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Watching acrobats in the Moroccan marketplace (his back to the camera) just before the murder, 25 minutes in.
The Trouble With Harry
Walking past the parked limousine of an old man who is looking at paintings, 20 minutes into the film.
To Catch A Thief
10 minutes in, sitting to the left of Cary Grant on a bus.
Winding the clock in the songwriter's apartment, a half hour into the movie.
Dial M for Murder
On the left side of the class-reunion photo, 13 minutes into the film.
Crossing the top of a staircase after the opening credits, 1 minute in.
Strangers on A Train
Boarding a train with a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off in his hometown, 10 minutes in.
Turning to look at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid, 38 minutes in.
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.
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
Leaving the train and Cumberland Station, carrying a cello, 36 minutes in.
At a big party in Claude Rains' mansion, drinking champagne and then quickly departing, an hour after the film begins.
Coming out of an elevator at the Empire Hotel, carrying a violin case and smoking a cigarette, 40 minutes in.
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
On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards, 17 minutes in.
Standing in front of Cut Rate Drugs in New York as the saboteur's car stops, an hour in.
Mailing a letter at the village postbox, 45 minutes in.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
41 minutes through, passing Robert Montgomery in front of his building.
11 minutes in, after Joel McCrea leaves his hotel, wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper.
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
Very near the end of the movie (90 minutes in), in Victoria Station, wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette.
Young and Innocent
Outside the courthouse, holding a camera, 15 minutes in.
The 39 Steps
Tossing some litter while Robert Donat and Lucie Mannheim run from the theater, 7 minutes into the movie.
Walking past the house where the murder was committed, an hour into the movie.
Being bothered by a small boy as he reads a book in the subway, 11 minutes in.
Walking past a tennis court, carrying a walking stick, 15 minutes in.
At a desk in a newsroom (3 minutes in) AND later in the crowd watching an arrest (92 minutes in).
Dip in the Pool
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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...