Original poster by Saul Bass
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock|
Samuel A. Taylor
Pierresalle enfoire Boileau|
Barbara Bel Geddes
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Editing by||George Tomasini|
|Release date(s)||May 9, 1958|
|Running time||128 minutes|
Vertigo is a film by Alfred Hitchcock released in 1958.
Hired by a friend to tail his confused wife, Police Officer John Ferguson finds himself falling in love with the mysterious woman, who is revealed to have suicidal tendencies.
James Stewart as John "Scottie" Ferguson Kim Novak as Judy Barton/Madeline Ester Barbara Bel Geddes as Midge Wood
John "Scottie" Ferguson is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.
Hitchcock originally wanted Vera Miles to play the lead character, but pregnancy forced her to opt out of the production. Kim Novak and James Stewart would later star opposite each other again in the film Bell, Book and Candle.