Vertigo (1958)

PG   |    |  Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.




  • James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)
  • Vertigo (1958)
  • Alfred Hitchcock and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)
  • James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)
  • "Vertigo" Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock 1958 Paramount
  • James Stewart and Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)

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7 February 2008 | lastliberal
| One final thing I have to do... and then I'll be free of the past.
Oscar ignored this fantastic film by Hitchcock starring James Stewart. It gave nomination for Art and Set decoration and Sound. Small acknowledgment of an outstanding film.

James Stewart was outstanding as a detective that was duped by his "friend (Tom Helmore)." We were all led on an adventure that made absolutely no sense until we were shown the result. This film really had me going! Kim Novak was also excellent in her role as the wife. She was so good that I had no idea that she was anything more than object of Stewart's obsession. Hitchcock had me going her also.

This was an excellent movie and should have had more recognition.

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Background plates and second unit work were done in San Francisco during production delays.


Officer on rooftop: Give me your hand. Give me your hand.


Madeleine enters the McKittrik Hotel and the sky is overcast. When she appears in the window of the 2nd floor room, she is clearly illuminated as from sunlight, throwing a distinct shadow against a light background, whilst the rest of the shot remains illuminated modestly (possibly assembled footage).

Crazy Credits

The opening Paramount logo is in black and white while the rest of the film, including the closing Paramount logo, is in Technicolor.

Alternate Versions

An addition to the ending was made for some European coutries due to certain laws prohibiting a film from letting a "bad guy" get away at the end of a film. In the new ending, after Scottie looks down from the belltower (the original ending) there is a shot of Midge sitting next to a radio listening to reports of police tracking down Gavin Elster. As Midge turns off the radio the news flash also reports that 3 Berkeley students got caught bringing a cow up the stairs of a campus building. Scottie enters the room, looks at Midge plainly, and then looks out a window. Midge makes two drinks and gives one to Scottie. It ends with both of them looking out the window. This ending can be found on the restoration laserdisc.


Sardis #4
(Forever Female), from
Skylark (1941) (Poochie)
Composed by Victor Young
Orchestrated by Gus Levene
Played as 'cue 12D' by the orchestra while Scottie and Judy are dancing


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Mystery | Romance | Thriller

Box Office


$2,479,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$252,880 18 March 2018

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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