Rear Window (1954)

What is it?

The 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller movie Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock.

Rear Window – Trailer
Rear Window (1954) Modern Trailer

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Laid up with a broken leg, photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) is confined to his tiny, sweltering courtyard apartment.

To pass the time between visits from his nurse (Thelma Ritter) and his fashion model girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly), the binocular-wielding Jeffries stares through the rear window of his apartment at the goings-on in the other apartments around his courtyard.

As he watches his neighbors, he assigns them such roles and character names as “Miss Torso” (Georgine Darcy), a professional dancer with a healthy social life or “Miss Lonelyhearts” (Judith Evelyn), a middle-aged woman who entertains nonexistent gentlemen callers.

Of particular interest is seemingly mild-mannered travelling salesman Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), who is saddled with a nagging, invalid wife.

One afternoon, Thorwald pulls down his window shade, and his wife’s incessant bray comes to a sudden halt.

Out of boredom, Jeffries casually concocts a scenario in which Thorwald has murdered his wife and disposed of the body in gruesome fashion.

Trouble is, Jeffries’ musings just might happen to be the truth.

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s very best efforts, Rear Window is a crackling suspense film that also ranks with Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom (1960) as one of the movies’ most trenchant dissections of voyeurism.

As in most Hitchcock films, the protagonist is a seemingly ordinary man who gets himself in trouble for his secret desires.

~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rear Window – Hitchcock’s Manipulation

My Thoughts

Here are some of my thoughts about this movie that I made in a post the day after I saw it back in October 2015:

Last night I finally watched the film Rear Window for the first time after hearing Grace Randolph mentioning it several times in the past as one of her favorite films, which was better than I expected and I think that it does deserve being called a classic film because the visuals and style and clothing and acting et cetera still holds up today, and the film had mystery and suspense and a bit of comedy and good dialogue and it was all filmed from one room and small area it seemed.

Beyond The Trailer’s Grace Randolph – I Love Movies, Too! My Top 3 Movies of All Time!

Grace Kelly was a standout character in this movie, wow, I loved her in this role; I liked her style, her look, her voice, her acting, and her kissing scene was possibly the sexiest kissing scene that I have ever seen.

I liked this movie, and I was impressed by how they managed to create suspense and mystery and keep you interested in such a contained area.

Rear Window (1954) Movie Review & Discussion

The end,

  • John Jr

2 replies on “Rear Window (1954)”

This is one of many acclaimed Hitchcock movies that I have yet to watch. Some day I have to make time to check out all the classic films that I have never seen. I did like the Simpsons episode that parodied Rear Window though..

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Hello The Otaku Judge,

Interesting, there are many classics that I have not seen yet either, I liked Rear Window better than the movie Vertigo (which is also by Hitchcock).

Thank you for sharing that, I did not know that The Simpsons had a parody of this, I need to see that.

-John Jr

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