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Alfred Hitchcock's Movie Cameos

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People who added this item 242 Average listal rating (117 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Reads a book and is bothered by a little boy. [00:10:25]

People who added this item 227 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hitch's first, grainy appearance was as a journalist in his debut feature, an Expressionist-tinged thriller set in a fog-bound London. Hunched over a desk with his back turned to the camera, it's a demure start to his cameoing career. There's a brief second cameo later in the film as a bystander in a flat cap. [00:04:57 and 01:25:07]

People who added this item 2862 Average listal rating (1802 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The last of Hitchcock's musically-themed appearances sees him clutching a horn case as he passes in front of San Francisco's Mission District Shipyard. [00:10:51]

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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (65 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
One of two films to feature two cameos (three if you include Rope), Hitch turns up as a fair dinkum Aussie in this Sydney-set drama, first as part of a milling crowd by the harbour and here on the steps of Government House, taking what seems to be a cheeky colonial fag break. [00:13:00]

At a couple of seconds of peripheral screentime spent moseying past a limo while an old man peruses John Forsythe's collection of bric-a-brac, this one is virtually undetectable unless you're actually looking for it. [00:21:18]

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People who added this item 838 Average listal rating (543 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
There's so many things to love about this one: the dotty old dear taking her bird for an outing, Hitch's impassive demeanour, and that classic Cary Grant bemusement as he sizes up one, then the other. Hitch is too polite to point out that he's the one wearing the silly jumper. [00:09:38]

People who added this item 301 Average listal rating (176 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
This priestly drama sees Hitch silhouetted against the Quebec skyline in one of his earliest and longest-shot appearances. [00:01:29]

People who added this item 260 Average listal rating (148 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7
Like Marnie, this London-based mystery thriller posits Hitchcock as a surrogate audience member. Passing a dowdily disguised Jane Wyman in the street, he gives her the once-over before concluding that, yes, that is her, and, no, it isn't a very good disguise.

People who added this item 2751 Average listal rating (1914 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Hitchcock shows up in a clock-winding capacity in the apartment facing Jeff Jeffries' (James Stewart) window. Here's a piece of musical trivia: Hitch shares the scene with the piano-playing Ross Bagdasarian, the real-life composer behind sonic terrorists Alvin & The Chipmunks. [00:25:09]

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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
Easy Virtue (1928)
Swaggering past a lawn tennis court with hair slicked back and shy a care in the world, this is Hitchcock as Bertie Wooster. [00:21:17]

People who added this item 125 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Murder! (1930)
Here he is nonchalantly wandering between camera and actors, promenading with a ladyfriend. It's the kind of eyeline-erasure that would cause a warp-spasm on the set of Terminator Salvation, but, hey, that's one of the perks of being the boss man. [0.59.40]

People who added this item 751 Average listal rating (470 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The 39 Steps (1935)
As Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) and his mysterious fraulein escape from the theatre, Hitchcock saunters across the screen, chucking a piece of litter away as he goes, in a gratuitous example of not keeping Britain tidy. [00:06:37]

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People who added this item 187 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
The cameo in this peerless potboiler is not Hitch's finest moment. Posing as a photojournalist outside a courthouse, he shuffles uncomfortably while clutching a camera and looking like a man who's just realised he's left the iron on. [00:15:38]

People who added this item 590 Average listal rating (359 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
In the very end of the movie wearing a black coat and smoking a cigarette. [01:33:00]
People who added this item 273 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Hitch wonders through this fraught wartime espionage thriller engrossed in the paper and without a care in the world. He passes John Jones (Joel McCrea) titular journo who has Nazi spy rings on the mind. [00:11:56]

People who added this item 1220 Average listal rating (738 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Rebecca (1940)
As Jack Favell (George Sanders) talks to a policeman, Hitchcock passes behind them, disappearing from shot in an instant. [02:01:36]

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People who added this item 231 Average listal rating (117 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.4
Another nonchalant cameo sees the old master stroll past David's (Robert Montgomery) brownstone in this rare Hitchcock rom-com. [00:41:00]

People who added this item 482 Average listal rating (308 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Suspicion (1941)
Another of those long shot appearances. Here Hitch posts a letter next to what looks like a double-parked Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in possibly the quaintest chocolate box village to grace the silver screen. [00:45:10]

People who added this item 381 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.2
Saboteur (1942)
It's a shadowy appearance by the master in this Americanised 39 Steps reboot. He's just discernible hanging out by a New York newsstand as Barry Kane (Robert Cummings) arrives with Nazi agents in close attendance. [01:01:57]

People who added this item 808 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
This train-bound cameo is the only occasion another character directly addresses Hitchcock ("You don't look very well," observes his fellow card player) but the humour is instantly recognisable. Just check out that hand. [00:15:57]

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People who added this item 360 Average listal rating (231 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Lifeboat (1944)
Clever one this: with his small cast adrift in a storm-tossed lifeboat, Hitch had to think laterally to fit in a cameo. He manages it with the help of a Reduco Obesity Slayer ad. It's a goodie but we'd still have liked to have seen him nip past in a jaunty pedalo. [00:25:02]

People who added this item 687 Average listal rating (418 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Spellbound (1945)
Here he emerges from the Empire State Hotel's elevator wearing a double-breasted suit, smoking a cigarette, clutching a violin case and generally looking like an unfit gangster. Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) appears just as he exits, anxious to track down her neurological patient Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck). [00:37:16]

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People who added this item 1078 Average listal rating (659 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Notorious (1946)
This noir classic features one of Hitchcock's latest, and most significant, appearances in one of his films. His gets at the champagne with an Oliver Reed-like zest, indirectly prompting Alicia Huberman's (Ingrid Bergman) trip to the cellar and the discovery of that uranium stash. [01:01:48]


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People who added this item 183 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.6
Another musical appearance, this time following Gregory Peck out of a train station brandishing a cello case. [00:36:24]

People who added this item 1197 Average listal rating (801 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8
Rope (1948)
The stagey set-up of this seminal thriller - all filmed in one Manhattan apartment - posed a problem for Hitchcock. Presumably discounting a window cleaning or pizza delivery gig, he shows up as a passing pedestrian on the street below and again, in neon form, as a Reduco logo on a distant building. [00:01:54 and 00:53:02]

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People who added this item 1122 Average listal rating (696 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
As Guy Haines (Farley Granger) disembarks from that fateful train journey, who should squeeze past him but a double bass-wielding Hitch. The musical instrument and use of public transport were two signatures of his cameos, making them motifs within a motif, which is a bit meta. [00:10:08]

People who added this item 1244 Average listal rating (808 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
On the left side of the class-reunion photo. [00:12:41]

People who added this item 906 Average listal rating (570 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
Only that famous bald noggin betrays Hitch's presence in this scene. His back is turned to the camera as he joins Benjamin McKenna (James Stewart) and Doris Day in watching a troupe of Marrakesh street acrobats. [00:24:19]

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People who added this item 436 Average listal rating (250 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Wrong Man (1956)
This courtroom drama features a unique appearance from Hitchcock. Mirroring the format of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the directors appears in silhouette to tell the audience that it's a true story he's about to tell and that they'd better be paying attention. [00:00:18]

People who added this item 1913 Average listal rating (1259 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Like most of his later cameos, Hitch shows up early in North By Northwest to avoid distracting from the plot. Here he misses the bus by a whisker, perhaps because the bus driver's realised that he's accidentally stopped at a giant ash tray. [00:02:03]

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People who added this item 4208 Average listal rating (2785 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
A discrete appearance, loitering outside Marion Crane's (Janet Leigh) office, is only notable for the unlikely cowboy hat adorning the Hitch pate. Yee, and indeed, haw. [00:06:23]

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People who added this item 2848 Average listal rating (1829 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Birds (1963)
Hitch once said, "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake," and in The Birds he's a pretty much unmissable cherry on top, exiting a pet shop with two new terriers in tow, as Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) passes in the opposite direction. [00:02:13]

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People who added this item 636 Average listal rating (416 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
Marnie (1964)
Sly winks to the camera were a Hitch hallmark. Usually they're stylistic; in this case he offers a real one. He appears from a hotel room just as Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren) wanders past with hair dyed, turns to the camera and gives us a look that says 'did you see that?' Yes, we did. [00:04:48]

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People who added this item 329 Average listal rating (218 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Torn Curtain (1966)
Holding a baby in a hotel lobby, Hitchcock sticks out in this espionage thriller like, well, a famous movie director holding a baby in a hotel lobby. The joyous cheesiness of the cameo is enhanced by the score's bigtop-style trombone wheeze. If you missed this one, you'd need your eyes and ears examined. [00:07:58]

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People who added this item 238 Average listal rating (146 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Topaz (1969)
A nurse wheels Hitch through an airport in this underpowered spy saga. He looks disabled and… hang on! he's leapt out of the wheelchair and wandered off! For those who spotted it, it could have been the uneven Topaz's finest moment. It was definitely the silliest of all Hitch cameos and pre-dates Little Britain's Lou and Andy by 34 years. [00:32:27]


People who added this item 610 Average listal rating (383 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Frenzy (1972)
Sir Alfred shows up looking a bit glum, in one of his regular spectating turns. And no wonder: he's listening to a politician chuntering away on the steps of County Hall. Luckily, a corpse washes up in the Thames and everyone perks up. [00:03:08]

People who added this item 299 Average listal rating (198 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Family Plot (1976)
A suitably iconic end to a magnificent career, Hitch's appears in silhouette in his final film, the frothy Family Plot, bidding his audience farewell with a solid bout of finger-jabbing. [0:38:57]



Director Alfred Hitchcock made huge number of cameo appereances within his almost 60-years career. For a brief moment, he would be seen for example boarding a bus, crossing in front of a building, standing in an apartment across the courtyard, or even appearing in a newspaper photograph (required for the film Lifeboat, which otherwise provided no other opportunity for him to appear).

This playful gesture became one of Hitchcock's signatures and fans would make sport of trying to spot his cameos. As a recurring theme he would carry a musical instrument — especially memorable was the double bass case that he wrestles onto the train at the beginning of Strangers on a Train.

In his earliest appearances he filled in as obscure extras, in a crowd or walking through a scene in a long camera shot. His later appearances became more prominent, such as when he turns to see Jane Wyman's disguise as she passes him in Stage Fright, and in stark silhouette in his final film Family Plot. His appearances became so popular that he began to make them earlier in his films, so as not to distract the audience from the plot.

Hitchcock's longest cameo appearances are in his British films Blackmail and Young and Innocent. He appears in all 30 features from Rebecca (his first American film) onward; before his move to Hollywood, he only occasionally performed cameos.

Sources:
Wikipedia, Hitchcock.tv and special thanks for Empireonline, from where this whole list is more or less copy-pasted.

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