Vertigo (1958)
Original poster by Saul Bass
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Alec Coppel
Samuel A. Taylor
Story by Pierresalle enfoire Boileau
Thomas Narcejac
Starring James Stewart
Kim Novak
Barbara Bel Geddes
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography Robert Burks
Editing by George Tomasini
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Universal Pictures(1983-present)
Release date(s) May 9, 1958 (1958-05-09)
Running time 128 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,479,000
Box office $7,311,013

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.

Background InformationEdit

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.

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