James Stewart was one of the greatest Hollywood actors of the 20th century and a frequent collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock's. Stewart's other collaborations with Hitchcock include Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Rope. While Vertigo is now a beloved film, at the time of its release, it received poor reviews, which Hitchcock allegedly blamed on James Stewart looking too old. Vertigo was the duo's final collaboration.
In addition to working with Alfred Hitchcock, Stewart appeared in dozens of other films, including The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Searchers, You Can't Take it With You, The Shop Around the Corner, and Harvey. He won an Academy Award for his performance in The Philadelphia Story.
Kim Novak is an American actress known for her film work. Her role in Vertigo is perhaps her best known one, but her other films include Picnic, The Man with the Golden Arm, Pal Joey, Strangers When We Meet, The Great Bank Robbery, The White Buffalo, The Mirror Crack'd, The Children, and Liebestraum. She has long had an ambivalent relationship with Hollywood, and in the 1960s moved to Big Sur to paint and raise horses. In 1997, she bought a ranch in Oregon, but it burned to the ground in 2000.
Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes was a theater, television, and film actor whose best-known role was on the television show Dallas. She made her debut as Maggie in the original Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, before transitioning into film acting. Her films include The Long Night, I Remember Mama (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), Panic in the Streets, Vertigo, and The Five Pennies. In the 1950s, she was placed on the Hollywood blacklist by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Tom Helmore was a British actor who worked with Hitchcock on three films throughout his career. His films include White Cargo, The Feathered Serpent, The Ring, Secret Agent, and Vertigo.
Vertigo Questions and Answers
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