The Family Reviews Vertigo



Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: John “Scotty” Ferguson, retired detective, reluctantly helps an old friend uncover the truth about his suicidal wife.

Brigette: An ex-detective is asked to help an old friend figure out what’s going on with his wife.

Morgan: An ex-detective is recruited to find out more about his friend’s crazy young wife and is led to further mysteries.

Gable: A retired detective gradually falls in love with a friend’s wife that he was sent to investigate.


Pete: Drama (Hitchcock)

Brigette: Suspense/Mystery

Morgan: Mystery/Thriller/Romance

Gable: Thriller/Romance/Drama

What did you think of the poster and/or credit art?

Pete: Saul Bass’ poster is a classic.

Brigette: Huge Saul Bass fan, so it was awesome!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Midge Wood because I felt sorry for her the most.

Brigette: Midge because she was a good friend.

Morgan: Midge because she was funny and likeable.

Gable: I didn’t have a favorite character. They were all too dramatic or boring or mean.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Gavin Elster because of his hidden agenda.

Brigette: Gavin because he was greedy.

Morgan: Madeleine because she was annoyingly crazy.

Gable: Gavin Elster because he was mean.

How was the casting?

Pete: Casting was brilliant; one of Jimmy Stewart’s best performances.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: Grabbed me at the opening credits and kept me on edge throughout.

Brigette: It grabbed me immediately with the unusual opening credit sequence and eerie music and then kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the 2 hours.

Morgan: Alfred Hitchcock films always grab me right from the beginning and are intense the whole way through.

Gable: The opening scene was very intense. There was no part in the film when you felt like you wanted to leave.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “Boy, I NEED this!” – John ‘Scotty’ Ferguson

Brigette: “…you shouldn’t keep souvenirs of a killing.” – John

How was the soundtrack?

Pete: Fantastic; added immensely to the feel of the film.

Brigette: Brilliantly scored by Bernard Herrmann. You can listen to the score on YouTube here.

Gable: Dramatic and intense, like the film itself.

How does the film compare to the book?

Brigette: It was based on a French novel, D’Entre Les Mortes. I’ve not read it, but would love to know how closely Hitchcock followed the book.

Have you watched other films by the same director/actor?

Pete: I’ve seen a lot of Hitchcock’s films.

Brigette: I’ve seen Rear Window, The Birds and Psycho. I hope to see all of Hitchcock’s films in my lifetime and continue sharing them with the girls.

Morgan: I have watched two other Hitchcock films; “Rear Window” and “The Birds,” both of which I loved.

Gable: I am a Hitchcock fan. I love his films because they are mysterious. I love the thriller part of his films. This is the third Hitchcock film I have watched and it is the best so far.

How was the ending?

Pete: Came a little quickly and was unexpected and tragic.

Brigette: Completely unexpected and abrupt.

Morgan: A little mysterious.

Gable: The kind of ending that makes the watchers want a sequel. Too bad there never was one.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Think twice before helping out an old friend.

Brigette: Curiosity killed the cat.

Morgan: Let the past go.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Hitchcock fans and anyone one who enjoys suspense at it’s finest.

Brigette: Anyone who loves a film that keeps you on your toes.

Morgan: Alfred Hitchcock fans or those who like a good balance of suspense, romance and drama.

Gable: Fans of Hitchcock’s other film Rear Window, people who like being on the edge of their seat during a film, and people who love murder mystery novels and films.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Jimmy Stewart Won’t Eat His Cereal


vertigo artwork

Craft/Activity: Make some Spirographs.

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

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Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Vertigo Brew’s Friar Mike’s IPA (An English-American ale blend)

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)

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