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Director:
Writers:
Hume Cronyn (adapted by)
Patrick Hamilton (from the play by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1948 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The guest who's dead on time See more »
Plot:
Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
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(216 articles)
The Forgotten: "To the Public Danger" (1948)
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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part One
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User Reviews:
A Good Hitchcock Film From The 1940s See more (296 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dick Hogan ... David Kentley

John Dall ... Brandon - His Friend

Farley Granger ... Phillip - His Friend
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Wilson - Their Housekeeper

Douglas Dick ... Kenneth - David's Rival
Joan Chandler ... Janet - David's Girl

Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Kentley - David's Father (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Constance Collier ... Mrs. Atwater - David's Aunt

James Stewart ... Rupert Cadell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Walking in Street After Opening Credits (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Hume Cronyn (adapted by)

Patrick Hamilton (from the play by)

Arthur Laurents (screenplay)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Sidney Bernstein .... producer (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William V. Skall (director of photography)
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Perry Ferguson 
 
Set Decoration by
Howard Bristol 
Emile Kuri 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ed Voight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Claude Archer .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
John More .... props (uncredited)
Joe Trusty .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Al Riggs .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Emmons .... operator of camera movement
Eddie Fitzgerald .... operator of camera movement (as Edward Fitzgerald)
Paul Hill .... operator of camera movement (as Paul G. Hill)
James Potevin .... lighting technician (as Jim Potevin)
Morris Rosen .... operator of camera movement
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... grip (uncredited)
Phil Wagner .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... dress: Miss Chandler's
Marion Dabney .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Lillian House .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Dinsmore Alter .... cloud technical advisor (uncredited)
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's Rope" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
80 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:AA (original rating) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 (video rating) | Italy:16+ (re-rating) (1956) | Italy:(Banned) (1949-1956) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) | South Korea:18 (2003) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #13027) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Alfred Hitchcock only managed to shoot roughly one segment per day. The last four or five segments had to be completely re-shot because Hitchcock wasn't happy with the color of the sunset.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rupert describes how he would "get rid" of David, the camera pans from the easy chair to the piano. When it returns to the chair about ten seconds later, the chair is facing a different direction.See more »
Quotes:
Rupert Cadell:[Phillip and Brandon have been arguing about strangling chickens] Personally, I think a chicken is as good a reason for murder as a blonde, a mattress full of dollar bills or any of the customary, unimaginative reasons.
Janet Walker:Well, now, you don't really approve of murder, Rupert? If I may?
Rupert Cadell:You may... and I do. Think of the problems it would solve: unemployment, poverty, standing in line for theatre tickets...
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Movie Connections:
Version of The Rope (1968) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mouvement perpetuel no. 1See more »

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23 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A Good Hitchcock Film From The 1940s, 8 May 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

These "stage plays" made into movies usually bore me to death but this one was a notch above the tedious and too-talky Alfred Hitchcock films of the 1940s.

John Dall, who went on to "cult status" fame with "Gun Crazy" (a.k.a. "Deadly Is The Female) two years later, was the most interesting character in this film. He played "Brandon Shaw." His partner-in-crime, "Philip Morgan," played by Farley Granger, was the annoyingly-wimpy guy who cracked under the pressure. The biggest name actor in the movie is James Stewart but these other two guys are the main stars.

As people know, this is about two smug, college males who think they have pulled off the perfect crime because of their supposedly superior intellect and elitist attitude. It's based on a true-life event, famously labeled "The Leopold and Loeb Case." No sense going into more details since other reviewers have done that, and done it well.

Suffice to say, this is well-acted, has a good amount of black humor with the dialog and has people that are easy to root against. Two things that are different from normal film fare of the day: it's in "real time" and it's in color. Some criticize the famous director for using the real-time method, but I give him credit for trying something new and bold. That "gimmick" certainly has worked in the successful TV series, "24."

"Rope" is definitely worth a look if you've never seen it, just to see what happens to these arrogant punks. I found subsequent viewings less appealing as more and more of the characters in here (i.e. the old lady who preaches astrology, the annoying young woman, etc.) became unappealing. Stll, I think this is Sir Alfred's best work of the 1940s.

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