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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Michael Powell (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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Grace Kelly Best Actress 1954 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Grace Kelly Best Actress 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Burks Best Color Cinematography 1954 Nominee
Edgar Allan Poe Awards John Michael Hayes Best Screenplay 1954 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Michael Hayes Best Screenplay 1954 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alfred Hitchcock Best British Film 1954 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Alfred Hitchcock Best Director 1954 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Hitchcock Best Director 1954 Nominee

Cast

James Stewart
as L.B. Jeffries (Jeff)
Grace Kelly
as Lisa Carol Fremont
Wendell Corey
as Thomas J. Doyle, detective
Thelma Ritter
as Stella, the nurse
Raymond Burr
as Lars Thorwald
Judith Evelyn
as Miss Lonely Heart
Sara Berner
as Fire Escape Woman
Frank Cady
as Fire Escape Man
Jesslyn Fax
as Miss Hearing Aid
Irene Winston
as Mrs. Thorwald
Havis Davenport
as Newlywed
Jerry Antes
as Dancer
Iphigenie Castiglioni
as Bird Woman
Marla English
as Party Girl (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
as Woman with Poodle
Fred Graham
as Stunt Detective (uncredited)
Len Hendry
as Policeman
Harry Landers
as Young Man
Mike Mahoney
as Policeman
Eddie Parker
Ralph Smiley
as Carl the Waiter
Anthony Warde
as Detective
Bennie Bartlett
as Miss Torso's Friend
Dick Simmons
Ralph Smiley
as Carl the Waiter
Mike Mahoney
as Policeman
Bennie Bartlett
as Miss Torso's Friend
Len Hendry
as Policeman
Anthony Warde
as Detective
Marla English
as Party Girl (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
as Woman with Poodle
Harry Landers
as Young Man
Fred Graham
as Stunt Detective (uncredited)
Iphigenie Castiglioni
as Bird Woman
Jerry Antes
as Dancer

Crew

Alfred Hitchcock
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
John Michael Hayes
Screenwriter
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
George Tomasini
Editor
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Ray Moyer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Harry Lindgren
Sound/Sound Designer
John Cope
Sound/Sound Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Herbert Coleman
First Assistant Director
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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