Legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock helped shaped psychological thrillers in film. Putting his own unique stamp on suspense and thriller films, Hitchcock’s use of shots and editing along with jaw-dropping twists and turns made him The Master of Suspense. Still, one of the most fun parts about watching Hitchcock’s films is trying spot him in them. The masterful director appeared in 39 of his 52 films, though only for the briefest of moments. In fact, his appearances became so exciting for audiences, that he began to appear earlier in the story as to not distract from the actual film plot. From The Lady Vanishes to North By Northwest here are some of Hitchock’s most memorable cameos.
The Lady Vanishes
Hitchcock is the guy strolling though the train station with the cigarette in his mouth. He even makes a rather obvious shrugging gesture while walking off camera.
Hitchcock can be spotted wearing the bowler hat strolling behind George Sanders and the Police Officer.
Mr. Hitchcock can be spotted front and center reading his newspaper as Joel McCrea looks over his shoulder.
Shadow of a Doubt
Though he never actually turns toward the camera, Alfred Hitchcock is seen in Shadow of a Doubt playing cards with this older couple.
Strangers on a Train
As Farley Granger gets off the train, Hitchcock boards with a huge instrument in tow.
Dial M For Murder
One of Hitchcock’s most clever cameos was in Dial M For Murder Instead of actually appearing onscreen, a photograph of a class reunion is shown with him in it.
To Catch A Thief
In To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock is seated right next to Cary Grant on the bus.
North by Northwest
Another one of Hitchcock’s most fun cameos was in North By Northwest. As the film opens, he misses a bus just as his directorial credit passes off the screen.
Alfred Hitchcock can be seen existing a pet shop with his actual dogs Geoffrey and Stanley, just as Tippi Hedren enters the store.
One of Hitchcock’s last cameos is one of the best. In Torn Curtain he sits in the lobby of the Hotel d’Angleterre with a cute chubby baby on his knee.
Check out every single one of Alfred Hitchock’s appearances in his films in the video below.
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