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    • by dennismoore2

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      An interesting premise and layout. Guy breaks his leg and is laid up in his apartment with nothing better to do than take a peek into the lives of all his neighbors across the courtyard. It is a sordid group: musicians rehearsing, a lonely lady looking for love, another lady and her dog, a couple arguing. What better time for one of them to commit murder, allegedly? This premise came out long before Disturbia which, minus the broken leg, amounts to the same description but in a suburban setting. The filmmakers of Disturbia wouldn’t have gone back

      to this dairy cow if it wasn’t worth milking again.

      Several elements combined to make such a straightforward story so successful with Rear Window. Two main components were its stars. James Stewart is, to me, one of the outstanding, rock-solid pillars of early Hollywood. Grace Kelly was a beautiful fixture in Stewart’s otherwise drab apartment. Stewart draws her and a neighbor into his little dramatica, and a disbelieving police detective, as Stewart feels certain the neighbor across the way did of with his wife. Stewart’s constant ogling through binoculars makes him more and more certain that this seemingly ...

      • innocent man did the bad deed. But, in his wheelchair, he has no way of proving it.

        Three scenes to look for � well, two scenes and a moment. One, from Stewart’s perspective in his apartment, he sends Grace Kelly over to look for a missing piece of evidence he feels sure will implicate the man across the way in the murder of his wife. As he watches in horror, while unsuspecting Grace goes through the man’s apartment, the man (Raymond Burr) returns and catches her in the act. Highly suspenseful.

        The second scene is in Stewart’s apartment. No

        one is there. He is by himself in a dark room. The man across the way enters to silence Stewart for good…

        I won’t spoil the rest of that scene, but it is exciting and suspenseful, as only Alfred Hitchcock, at his zenith, could bring us.

        The final scene, the moment, comes when Stewart is once again looking through his binoculars at the man across the way. He has the man’s face in view. Suddenly, the man’s eyes look directly at Stewart. He is caught. The jig is up. The look is both suspenseful and alarming. Great blood pumper!

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