James Stewart plays John “Scottie” Ferguson, a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and Kim Novak as the lady who leads him to high places. Gavin Elster, a wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days, approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine (Novak). He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie is skeptical, but agrees after he sees the beautiful Madeleine.
This film is considered a classic, and with good reason. Alfred Hitchcock does a superb job in directing this psychological thriller. As the plot thickens the viewer is drawn in to learn how it will all end, and if there really is a ghost involved. The ending proves to be shocking, but not in the way the viewer might have foreseen. Without giving the ending away, the plot is plausible and logical. One character does fall in love with a woman he believes is married, only to learn later she is not. The film portrays reaping what one has sown. Other than mild violence, there is nothing to prevent Dove from approving this film but we recommend it for ages twelve and above, mainly due to the subject matter.