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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): Visual Cinema and “Lisa”

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 7, 2018 From 4 Star Films

There are such a vast number of levels to appreciate Rear Window on and one of those is its impeccable use of sound as well as a?score courtesy of Franz Waxman. In fact, it is quite easy to consider it as a film with a wholly diegetic soundtrack but it’s really a complicated weaving of sound o... Read full article


Rear Window Photo Gallery

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 22, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm featuring photos, posters, and sketches from director Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller Rear Window (1954). The photo above shows Hitch conferring with stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Director Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) is a crackling suspense story about a photograp... Read full article


DOUBLE BILL #1 Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958)

By Carol Martinheira on Apr 10, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #1 Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958) On April 10, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized A while ago, I wrote an article about the many similarities and differences between All About Eve (1950) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). It wasn?t really a comparison piece per... Read full article


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


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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.


Lisa: A murderer would never parade his crime in front of an open window.


Lisa: Why would Thorwald want to kill a little dog? Because it knew too much?


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Facts about

The first German dubbing was created in 1955. After the rights to this movie reverted back to Alfred Hitchcock, all prints of this version were destroyed. When the film became available again in 1984, a new dubbing had to be created since the old version could not be located. It is presumed lost.
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 lens James Stewart uses on his camera to spy on his neighbors, is reportedly a 400mm prime telephoto, the magnification of which, would render it near impossible to use effectively without a tripod.
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