Psycho

1960

Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.
Cast:
Anthony Perkins .... Norman Bates
Janet Leigh .... Marion Crane
Vera Miles .... Lila Crane
John Gavin .... Sam Loomis
Martin Balsam .... Milton Arbogast
John McIntire .... Sheriff Al Chambers
Simon Oakland .... Dr. Richmond
Vaughn Taylor .... George Lowery
Frank Albertson .... Tom Cassidy
Lurene Tuttle .... Eliza Chambers
Patricia Hitchcock .... Caroline
John Anderson .... Charlie
Mort Mills .... Highway Patrol officer
Alfred Hitchcock .... Man in cowboy hat outside realty office (uncredited)

Janet Leigh

Jeanette Helen Morrison was an only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments. Janet eloped with John Carlyle at the age of 14, the marriage was later annulled. Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. As a lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology, at the University of the Pacific until she was "discovered" visiting her parents in Northern California. Her father was working the desk at a ski resort where her mother worked as a maid. Retired MGM actress Norma Shearer saw a picture of Janet on the front desk and asked if she could borrow it. Jeanette was quickly contracted to the studio and her name was changed to Janet Leigh. This led to a screen test at MGM and a starring role in 'The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)'. MGM was looking for a young naive country girl and Janet filled the bill perfectly. She would play the young ingenue in a number of films and work with the leading stars, including, Errol Flynn, 'Gary Cooper' , James Stewart, Orson Welles and 'Judy Garland' . Her career would include a number of successful movies including 'Little Women (1949)', Angels in the Outfield (1951), Scaramouche (1952), Houdini (1953), 'The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)' and many others. Janet would appear in many types of films, from comedies to westerns to musicals to dramas. Of her more than fifty movies, she would be remembered for the forty-five minutes that she was on the screen in the small budget movie 'Psycho'. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, this 1960 thriller would include the shower scene that would become a film classic. Even though Janet is killed off early in the picture, she would be nominated for an Academy Award and receive a Golden Globe. Her next film would be 'The Manchurian Candidate (1962)' where she would star with Frank Sinatra. For the rest of the decade, her appearances in films would be rare, but she would work with Paul Newman in 'Harper (1966)'. In the seventies, she appeared on the small screen in a number of made for Television Movies. Married to Tony Curtis from 1951-1962, Janet is the mother of Jamie Lee Curtis and Kelly Curtis.

Measurements: 36C-21-36 (in 1953), 35 ½-23-36 (measured in 1960s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Vera Miles

Born in Oklahoma, Vera May Ralston attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. Entering the beauty pageant circuit, she became "Miss Kansas" in 1948, and went to Hollywood soon after. In the late 1940s, made a television commercial for Lustre Creme's shampoo campaign. She was a contestant on 'You Bet Your Life' on April 4, 1951. She and her partner won $8 in the quiz, guessed the secret word ("hand") and incorrectly answered the De Soto-Plymouth $5,500 Question ("Who was the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?"). Beauty contest winner Vera Ralston made a smattering of industrial films before beginning her Hollywood career in 1952. She began landing small roles in minor films and in television. While making films at Republic studios, Ralston changed her name to avoid being confused with Republic's reigning queen Vera Hruba Ralston; "Miles" was the last name of her first husband. At first cast as a bland ingenue, she proved herself capable of conveying neurotic hysteria in The Charge at Feather River (1953), playing a white girl kidnapped by Indians who was violently resistant to being returned to her real family. She met her second husband, Gordon Scott, while filming Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1954). Her big break came when she was cast by John Ford as the spunky ingenue in the Western classic Searchers, The (1956). Was a favorite of Alfred Hitchcock after Grace Kelly retired, but pregnancy prevented her from many starring roles. During the latter half of the 1950s, she was under contract to Alfred Hitchcock, who was impressed by the "still waters run deep" element of her performances. She played a delusional rape victim in "Revenge," the very first episode of TV's Alfred Hitchcock Presents; she was cast as Henry Fonda's beleaguered wife in Hitch's The Wrong Man (her final scene is a knockout!); and, of course, she was seen as the sister of the ill-fated Janet Leigh in Psycho, a role she flamboyantly reprised in the 1982 sequel Psycho 2. While she never quite attained full film stardom, Miles kept extremely busy in both theatrical releases and television. During the 1960s and 1970s, she was regarded as a "good luck charm" by TV producers: if she guest-starred in the pilot episode of a potential series, chances are that series would sell (among those sold were the aforementioned Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Asphalt Jungle, The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, Court Martial, The Outer Limits, I Spy, Gentle Ben, Cannon and Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law).