Two men attempt to prove they committed the perfect crime by hosting a dinner party after strangling their former classmate to death.

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Film Cast:

  • Rupert Cadell: James Stewart
  • Brandon Shaw: John Dall
  • Phillip Morgan: Farley Granger
  • Mr. Henry Kentley: Cedric Hardwicke
  • Mrs. Anita Atwater: Constance Collier
  • Kenneth Lawrence: Douglas Dick
  • Mrs. Wilson: Edith Evanson
  • David Kentley: Dick Hogan
  • Janet Walker: Joan Chandler
  • Man Walking in Street After Opening Credits (uncredited): Alfred Hitchcock

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Editor: William H. Ziegler
  • Makeup Artist: Perc Westmore
  • Writer: Ben Hecht
  • Costume Design: Adrian
  • Sound Designer: C.A. Riggs
  • Art Direction: Perry Ferguson
  • Makeup Artist: Ed Voight
  • Screenplay: Arthur Laurents
  • Producer: Sidney Bernstein
  • Music: David Buttolph
  • Director of Photography: William V. Skall
  • Director of Photography: Joseph A. Valentine
  • Set Decoration: Howard Bristol
  • Set Decoration: Emile Kuri
  • Hairstylist: Agnes Flanagan
  • Writer: Patrick Hamilton
  • Writer: Hume Cronyn
  • Production Manager: Fred Ahern
  • Grip: Morris Rosen
  • Still Photographer: John Miehle
  • Lighting Technician: James Potevin
  • Art Department Manager: Dorothea Holt
  • Music: Leo F. Forbstein
  • Script Supervisor: Charlsie Bryant
  • Costume Design: Marian Dabney
  • Costume Design: Leon Roberts

Movie Reviews:

  • tmdb47633491: Can’t believe I’m only seeing this now. It’s great. Basically a play. There couldn’t have been more than 15 shots. Ending had me in tears. Shouts out
  • barrymost: Rope was the first Alfred Hitchcock/James Stewart collaboration. They would go on to do “Rear Window”, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”, and finally, “Vertigo”. This being the first, and also a kind of experimental film on Hitchcock’s part, it is the weakest of the four. Shot as a play, mainly in one room, and with only a handful of cast members, the concept of how it was done is intriguing even today. Done in roughly a dozen takes, the only times that the camera ever cuts are when it closes in on someone’s back and then angles around to the other side. That’s the tell-tale sign of the only cuts in the entire film.

    John Dall’s acting is commendable, in the part of the more ruthless killer, Brandon Shaw. He’s a very cool character, and feels no guilt over the brutal murder he’s just committed. James Stewart, great as he is, seemed a bit out of his element, as intellectual publisher Rupert Cadell. Stewart is always immensely enjoyable, and I have massive respect for his talent. However, he does appear somewhat uncomfortable with his part throughout the film.

    Another aspect that detracts from the tension is the opening scene of the murder taking place. After David Kentley is dead, he is placed in the wooden chest and the audience knows he’s dead from scene 1. Had Hitchcock omitted the scene of the murder, the audience would no doubt be wondering “Is there really a body in that chest? Did they really do it? What’s going on here?” And the red herrings in the film would only add to the suspense. As it is, we know from the start who’s dead and who-done-it. That said, it’s a decent movie, and certainly still worth the watch.

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