Hitchcock’s most famous psychological thriller is a film that took me some time to fully appreciate. Similar to North By Northwest I used to categorize this as one of his most overrated films. Over time however I’ve grown to appreciate the decisions Hitchcock made with this film in regards to its storytelling and it’s main revelation. Jimmy Stewart plays the retired detective put to work by an old friend to follow his “possessed wife” played by Kim Novak, theoretically. As it turns out Novak has been put to the task of impersonating the man’s wife, in an elaborate scheme involving the real woman being thrown off a bell tower. Of course it all makes sense because Stewart conveniently suffers from a fear of heights and won’t pursue the imposter up the spiral staircase, highlighting a rather farfetched script perhaps too incredible to believe.