James Stewart
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: James Stewart
James Stewart
, John Dall
John Dall
, Farley Granger
Farley Granger
Alfred Hitchcock

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Rope, Alfred Hitchcock's first color film, was adapted from Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End by no less than Hume Cronyn. Loosely inspired by the Leopold-Loeb case, the plot concerns two implicitly homosexual college chums, played by Farley Granger and John Dall. Their heads filled with Nietzschean philosophy by their kindly professor James Stewart, Granger and Dall kill a third friend just for the thrill of it. The boys hide the body in an antique chest in the middle of their posh apartment, then perversely arrange to hold a dinner party around the chest, inviting the victim's family, friends and fiancee (Joan Chandler), as well as their intellectual role-model Stewart. As the guests wander obliviously around the sealed chest, the killers make snippy, veiled comments about their deed--never going so far as to reveal the existence of the body nor their involvement in the murder. As all the guests file out, however, professor Stewart begins to suspect that something is amiss. In Rope, Hitchcock attempted the daunting technical challenge of filming the entire picture in one long, seemingly uninterrupted take. Actually, there are several edits in the movie: since a reel of film was divided into two ten-minute minireels back in 1948, the internal reel-breaks are "fudged" by having a dark object briefly obscure the camera lens, sustaining the illusion that no editing has taken place.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
UPC: 0025192831126
Original Release: 1948
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 2,452

Special Features

Closed Caption; Rope Unleashed; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer; Production notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Rupert Cadell
John Dall Brandon Shaw
Farley Granger Phillip Morgan
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. Kentley
Constance Collier Mrs. Atwater
Joan Chandler Janet Walker
Douglas Dick Kenneth Lawrence
Edith Evanson Mrs. Wilson the Governess
Dick Hogan David Kentley

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Dinsmore Alter Special Effects
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Sidney Bernstein Producer
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
David Buttolph Score Composer
Hume Cronyn Screenwriter
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
William Skall Cinematographer
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
Perc Westmore Makeup
William H. Ziegler Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rope
1. Main Titles [1:58]
2. The Perfect Murder [7:29]
3. A Masterpiece [2:14]
4. The Rope [1:54]
5. Mrs. Wilson [3:36]
6. The Fun Begins [6:19]
7. The Kentleys [3:36]
8. Phillip's Hands [1:06]
9. Rupert [4:55]
10. The Chicken Strangler [1:11]
11. Murder Is an Art [5:34]
12. Kenneth & Janet [4:25]
13. A Peculiar Party [2:16]
14. Rupert's Suspicion [5:14]
15. The Party's Over [11:29]
16. Cat & Mouse [10:01]
17. Rupert's Justice [6:48]
18. End Titles [:38]

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