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Rear Window Overview:

Rear Window (1954) was a Mystery - Romance Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Alfred Hitchcock.

The film was based on the short story It Had to Be Murder written by Cornell Woolrich published in Dime Detective Magazine in Feb 1942.

Rear Window was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyRobert BurksNominated
Best DirectorAlfred HitchcockNominated
Best WritingJohn Michael HayesNominated
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Rear Window (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 14, 2017 From The Stop Button

Rear Window is an absurdly good time. It’s breathtakingly produced and the set is a marvel on its own, but it’s also an absurdly good time. You’ve got Thelma Ritter chastising James Stewart not just for peeping, she also chastises him for not being serious enough about Grace Kelly. How could it not ... Read full article


23 Paces to Baker Street (or, Van Johnson's Rear Window)

By Rick29 on May 23, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Van Johnson and Vera Miles in lieu of Stewart and Kelly. Although based on a 1938 novel by Philip MacDonald, this 1956 London-set mystery owes a lot to Rear Window (1954). In Hitchcock's classic, James Stewart was a wheelchair-bound photographer who enlists the aid of his girlfriend and house-keepe... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Rear Window

By Amanda Garrett on Feb 15, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Rear Window (1954), starring Grace Kelly and James Stewart, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Today, I'm continuing February's ... Read full article


Rear Window (1954)

By Carol Martinheira on Jan 29, 2016 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Rear Window (1954) On January 29, 2016January 29, 2016 By CarolMartinheira Rear Window (1954), as I’m sure I’ve already  told you, has always been my favorite Hitchcock movie. Mind you, it’s a big list and the top 10 changes every once in a while. But Rear ... Read full article


Rear Window (1954)

By Beatrice on Nov 17, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Rear Window Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Written by John Michael Hayes based on a short story by Cornell Woolrich 1954/USA Paramount Pictures/Patron, Inc. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #274 of 100 Movies You Must See Before You Die It seems this movie is endlessly re-watchable.  It is one of my v... Read full article


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Quotes from

Lt. Doyle: You didn't see the killing or the body. How do you know there was a murder?
Jeff: Because everything this fellow's done has been suspicious: trips at night in the rain, knifes, saws, trunks with rope, and now this wife that isn't there anymore.
Lt. Doyle: I admit it does have a mysterious sound. But it could be any number of things for the wife disappearing. Murder is the least part.
Jeff: Now, Doyle, don't tell me that he's just an unemployed magician amusing the neighborhood with his sleight of hand. Don't tell me that.


Stella: You heard of that market crash in '29? I predicted that.
Jeff: Oh, just how did you do that, Stella?
Stella: Oh, simple. I was nursing a director of General Motors. Kidney ailment, they said. Nerves, I said. And I asked myself, "What's General Motors got to be nervous about?" Overproduction, I says; collapse. When General Motors has to go to the bathroom ten times a day, the whole country's ready to let go.


Stella: The New York State sentence for a Peeping Tom is six months in the workhouse.
Jeff: Oh, hello, Stella.
Stella: And they got no windows in the workhouse.


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Facts about

Ranked #3 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Mystery" in June 2008.
The film was inspired in part by the real-life murder case of Patrick Mahon. In 1924, in Sussex, England, Mahon murdered his pregnant mistress, Emily Kaye, and dismembered her body. In the modern interview, Alfred Hitchcock claimed that Mahon threw the body parts out of a train window piece by piece and burned the head in his fireplace. Another modern source, however, states that Mahon quartered the body and stored it in a large trunk, then removed internal organs, putting some in biscuit tins and a hatbox and boiling others on the stove.
The size of the set necessitated excavation of the soundstage floor. Thus Jeff's apartment was actually at street level.
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