Thursday, 18 August 2011

Alfred Hitchcock's 10 best cameos

The Lodger (1927)
The director starts modestly enough for his first British film, glimpsed at his desk in a newsroom, and later in the crowd watching an arrest.

Blackmail (1929)
This superb early thriller features a climactic chase in the British Museum and onto the roof of the Reading Room, but before we get there Hitch is glimpsed being attacked by a child in a tube carriage.

Lifeboat (1944)
Another trademark turn, this time in 'before' and 'after' photos in a newspaper ad for slimming product Reducto Obesity Slayer.

Spellbound (1945)
He comes out of a lift at the Empire Hotel, smoking a cigarette and carrying a violin case - one of several appearances with a musical theme.

Strangers on a Train (1951)
The director is once more weighed down with a musical instrument - this time it's a double bass he's trying to manoeuvre onto a train as Farley Granger disembarks.

Rear Window (1954)
Hitch is seen winding up a clock in the songwriter's flat approximately 30 minutes in.

North by Northwest (1959)
He misses a bus in the opening sequence.

Psycho (1960)
When Janet Leigh returns to her office at the start, Hitchcock is standing outside the window, wearing a cowboy hat.

The Birds (1963)
As Tippi Hedren enters Davidson's pet shop, Hitch comes out leading two white terriers.

Topaz (1969)
The director is being pushed in a wheelchair in the airport when he stands up, shakes hands with a man, and walks off.

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