Alfred reached his peak in the 50s. During this productive time, he made such features as "Strangers on a Train" (1951), "Dial M for Murder" and "Rear Window" (1954), "To Catch a Thief" (1955) and "Vertigo" (1958). His favorite actors were Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and James Stewart.
From 1955 to 1965, Hitchcock even hosted the television series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents".
In "Vertigo", Stewart plays Scottie, a former police investigator suffering from acrophobia, who became obsessed with a woman he had been hired to shadow (Novak). "Vertigo" explored more frankly and at greater length his interest in the relation between sex and death, than any other work in his filmography. The film Vertigo contains a camera technique developed by Irmin Roberts, commonly referred to as a dolly zoom, which has been copied by many filmmakers.
"Vertigo" (1958) and "Rear Window" (1954) became, in some sense, atypical for the director. They were full of unconventional narrative ways and deep psychologism. Hitchcock's experimental tools had an impact on European arthouse.