Wednesday, February 27, 2013


1948 American Feature

Cast: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke and Douglas Dick
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Arthur Laurents, Hume Cronyn and Ben Hecht (uncredited), based on the play by Patrick Hamilton

Two brilliant young men attempt to pull of the "perfect murder". After strangling their "inferior" classmate, they hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 97% / Audience: 89%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available


  • The original play (first produced in London in 1929) was inspired by the infamous 1924 murder case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. For the original 1929 Broadway production, the title of the play was changed to Rope's End.
  • There were two earlier screen adaptation of the play, broadcast on the BBC, in 1939 and 1947 (starring Dirk Bogarde). Subsequent television adaptations were produced in Australia (1957) and Belgium (1968, titled The Rope).
  • Casting Call: Montgomery Clift and Cary Grant.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's first color film.
  • The action in Rope famously takes place in real time; the use of long takes (up to ten minutes each) were used to make it appear as if the film consisted of one single continuous shot for its entire running time.
  • Although it was approved by the Production Code, Rope was banned in several American cities upon its initial release due to its connection to the Leopold and Loeb case.

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