What You Need To Know:
(B, V, S, A, M) Moral worldview; suspected murder, around which the plot revolves; implied fornication; alcohol use; and, ethical questions involving invasion of privacy and voyeurism.
In the suspense classic, REAR WINDOW, James Stewart stars as L.B. Jeffries, a photographer confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg who pieces together a murder while looking into a neighbor’s apartment. His own New York apartment gives him a perfect view of his neighbors. The actions of one neighbor catch Jeffries’ attention: he sees a salesman across the way, Mr. Thorwald, wrapping up a long knife and a saw; later, Thorwald goes out in the middle of a rainy night carrying his sample case; and finally, Thorwald’s wife is missing! Suspicions increase when Jeffries and his society girlfriend, Lisa, see Thorwald roping up a trunk. This sets them sleuthing around for the truth on their own, since a detective they’ve been trying to convince will not believe their suspicions. The eventual climax is hair-raising to say the least.
REAR WINDOW is a suspense masterpiece by the master: Alfred Hitchcock. This is a fine production fusing the likes of James Stewart and Grace Kelly in a setting where, in a hot apartment, everyone has their windows open for lives to be seen and a murder to be pieced together. A 1954 classic which features no blood, no dead body and no foul language, REAR WINDOW is one “whodunit” which deserves a second peek.