Psycho was made in 1959-60 and released in 1960.
Trailer tagline: The picture you MUST see from the beginning - or not at all! ... for no one will be seated after the start of Alfred Hitchcock's Greatest Shocker PSYCHO!
From the review in Daily Express
“I have just seen one of the most vile and disgusting films ever made,” begins a 1960 review from the Daily Express. The film in question? Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking chiller Psycho. “In nearly half a century of film-going I cannot recall anything quite so revolting as these shots,” the reviewer continues, aghast at what is now perhaps the medium’s most famous sequence: Hitchcock’s masterful shower scene.
Reviews like this are available to view digitally at the BFI Reuben Library.
Norman Bates Quotes
- She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?
- I’m not capable of being fooled! Not even by a woman.
- Uh-uh, Mother-m-mother, uh, what is the phrase? She isn’t quite herself today.
- She might have fooled me, but she didn’t fool my mother.
- Well, a son is a poor substitute for a lover.
- She’s as harmless as one of those stuffed birds.
- Bates: A boy’s best friend is his mother.
Anthony Perkins... Norman Bates
Vera Miles... Lila Crane
John Gavin... Sam Loomis
Janet Leigh... Marion Crane
Martin Balsam... Detective Milton Arbogast
John McIntire... Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland... Dr. Fred Richman
Frank Albertson... Tom Cassidy
Patricia Hitchcock... Caroline (as Pat Hitchcock)
Vaughn Taylor... George Lowery
Lurene Tuttle... Mrs. Chambers
John Anderson... California Charlie
Mort Mills... Highway Patrol Officer
Psycho (1960) titles
The opening credits were created by Saul Bass. He also designed the titles for Vertigo and North by Northwest.
Serial Killers in Hitchcock Movies
|The Lodger||The Avenger is serial killer who targets young blonde women.|
|Shadow of a Doubt||Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is a serial killer known as the "Merry Widow Murderer". He seduces, murders and robs wealthy widows.|
|Psycho||When his mother found a lover, Norman Bates murdered both of them. He then stole his mother's corpse and preserved the body. He takes her identity and acts, talks, and dresses as she would. In the final scene, the sheriff mentions the unsolved disappearances of two other young girls.|
|Frenzy||Bob Rusk (Barry Foster) is a fruit merchant who rapes and strangles women.|
Bird Motif in Hitchcock's Films
Birds are often an ominous sign in Hitchcock's films and/or representatives of evil and horror.
|The Lodger, 1926/1927|
|Blackmail, 1929||Alice has a canary bird twittering ominously after the murder|
|Sabotage, 1936||The bomb is made in a bird shop.
"The birds will sing at 1:45"
Who Killed Cock Robin?
|Young and Innocent, 1937/1938||When the two women see the body, they turn away and Hitchcock cuts to extreme close-ups of gulls and then back to the women again.|
|The Lady Vanishes, 1937/1938||A bird cage in the inn is seen right after the camera has entered through the window
Charters calls Miss Froy «a queer sort of bird» in the restaurant at the inn
When Droppo and Gilbert starts to fight there is a bird in front of the camera.
|Saboteur, 1942||When Pat is begging her uncle to give up Barry, a bird is seen in the same frame.|
|Foreign Correspondent, 1940||Van Meer is talking a lot of birds.|
|To Catch a Thief, 1954/1955|
|Vertigo, 1957/1958||Novak wears a Hummingbird pin on her lapel.|
|Psycho, 1959–60/1960||Norman Bates is stuffing birds.
Birds are predominant in the dialogue scene in Norman's office.
|The Birds, 1962/1963||The birds are attacking.|
Gulls are stealing the French loaf that the Cuban resistance people had hidden their cameras in. This reveals them to the Cuban militaries.
|Family Plot, 1975/1976||Mrs "Rainbird" is the reason Blanche starts her investigation.|
Aberrant Women Motif in Hitchcock's Movies
- Alice (Blackmail)
- Sylvia (Sabotage)
- Lady Henrietta Flusky (Under Capricorn)
- Marion Crane (Psycho)
- Melanie Daniels (The Birds)
- Marnie (Marnie)
Alfred Hitchcock Cameos
After John Jones (Joel McCrea) leaves his hotel, Hitchcock is seen wearing a coat and hat and reading a newspaper.
As Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enters the pet shop, Hitch is leaving with two white Sealyham terriers.
Hitchcock's silhouette is seen through the door of the Registrar of Births and Deaths.
Hitchcock is entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by.
Hitchcock is sitting at a desk in the newsroom.
Hitchcock is sitting in the lobby of Hotel d'Angleterre, Copenhagen, with a baby on his knee. He shifts the child from one knee to the other.
Shadow of a Doubt
Shadow of a Doubt: Hitchock's cameo on the train taking uncle Charlie to Santa Rosa.
The Paradine Case
Hitchcock is leaving the train at Cumberland Station, carrying a cello case. Gregory Peck is carrying the suitcase.
Hitchcock wearing a cowboy hat can be seen through the office window when Janet Leigh is entering.
Alfred Hitchcock is seen in a grey suit walking in the street outside Gavin Elsters company buildings.
Young and Innocent
Hitchcock is standing outside the courthouse, holding a camera.
Hichcock is turning to look back at Jane Wyman in her disguise as Marlene Dietrich's maid.
The Wrong Man
Alfred Hitchcock introduces The Wrong Man in what is not a normal cameo appearence.
North by Northwest
Hitchcock too late for the bus at the end of the titles sequence.
Hitchcock is standing on the street outside a store, "Cut Rate Drugs".