★★★★★ USA. 2h8m. Thriller / Drama / Romance. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Alec Coppel, Samuel Taylor (screenplay) and Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac (“D’entre les morts”). Cinematography by Robert Burks. Edited by George Tomasini. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones.
Stars James Stewart as former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson. Scottie is forced into early retirement because an incident in the line of duty has caused him to develop acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). Scottie is hired by an acquaintance, Gavin Elster, as a private investigator to follow Gavin’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who is behaving strangely.