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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

Lisa: What's he doing? Cleaning house?
Jeff: He's washing and scrubbing down the bathroom walls.
Stella: Must've splattered a lot.
[both Jeff and Lisa look at Stella with disgust]
Stella: Come on, that's what were all thinkin'. He killed her in there, now he has to clean up those stains before he leaves.
Lisa: Stella... your choice of words!
Stella: Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killin' yet.


Lisa: The last thing Mrs. Thorwald would leave behind would be her wedding ring. Stella, do you ever leave yours at home?
Stella: The only way somebody would get that would be to chop off my - finger. Let's go down to the garden and find out what's buried there.
Lisa: Why not? I always wanted to meet Mrs. Thorwald.


Lt. Doyle: Lars Thorwald... is no more a murderer than I am.
Jeff: [stunned] You mean that you can explain everything strange that has been going on over there, and is still going on?
Lt. Doyle: No, and neither can you. That's a secret private world your looking into out there. People do a lot of things in private they couldn't possibly explain in public.
Lisa: Like killing their wives?
Lt. Doyle: Get that idea out of your head. It will only lead you in the wrong direction.


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Facts about

The entire picture was shot on one set, which required months of planning and construction. The apartment-courtyard set measured 98 feet wide, 185 feet long and 40 feet high, and consisted of 31 apartments, eight of which were completely furnished. The courtyard was set 20 to 30 feet below stage level, and some of the buildings were the equivalent of five or six stories high. The film was shot quickly on the heels of Dial M for Murder, November 27 1953-February 26 1954.
Neil Patrick Harris' favorite movie.
Trade magazines of the time reported the world premiere was Aug 4, 1954 at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. The Aug 1 date given in the "release dates" section may be erroneous.
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