John "Scottie" Ferguson

Created by Samuel Taylor (after Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac)

San Francisco police detective JOHN "SCOTTIE" FERGUSON (Jimmy Stewart) already has more than his fair share of problems. He's obsessed with a former girlfriend and has morbid fear of heights. But when a colleague falls to his death during a chase, he has to leave the police department.

An old college friend (Gavin Elster) hires Scottie to watch his wife Madeleine, who's also obsessed with the past. Turns out she's a dead ringer for Scottie's true love. He follows her around San Francisco and is drawn into a complex plot in this Alfred Hitchcock classic that inevitably leads to that damn mission bell tower.

Arguably Hitchcock's masterpiece. Recommended.

By the way, in the original novel, D'entre les morts, the main character wasn't a former cop, but a lawyer. So John 'Scottie' Ferguson wasn't really created by Boileau and Narcejac, but by Samuel Taylor when he adapted the novel for the screen.


  • D'entre les morts (1954; English title: "The Living and The Dead")


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    (aka "From Among the Dead" [working title])
    (1958, Paramount)
    128 minutes
    Based on D'entre les morts by Pierre Boileau & Thomas Narcejac
    Screenplay by Alex Coppel and Samuel Taylor
    Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
    Produced by Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions/Paramount Pictures
    Starring James Stewart as JOHN "SCOTTIE" FERGUSON
    Also starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Raymond Bailey, Ellen Corby, Konstantin Shayne, Lee Patrick

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Yuri German and Ramona Dean for not letting me fall on my face...

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