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Rope -- Alfred Hitchcock directs James Stewart in this macabre spellbinder about two thrill-seeking friends who strangle a classmate and then hold a party for their victim's family and friends.


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Hume Cronyn (adapted by)
Patrick Hamilton (from the play by)
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Release Date:
28 August 1948 (USA) See more »
The guest who's dead on time See more »
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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One of Hitchcock's greatest See more (314 total) »


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

John Dall ... His friend - Brandon

Farley Granger ... His friend - Philip
Edith Evanson ... Their housekeeper - Mrs. Wilson

Douglas Dick ... David's rival - Kenneth
Joan Chandler ... David's girl - Janet

Cedric Hardwicke ... His father - Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Constance Collier ... His aunt - Mrs. Atwater

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 
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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80 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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 (cut) (original rating) | Sweden:11 (uncut) (re-release) (1984) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #13027) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

The film was unavailable for decades because its rights (together with four other pictures of the same period) were bought back by Alfred Hitchcock and left as part of his legacy to his daughter Patricia Hitchcock. They've been known for long as the infamous "5 lost Hitchcocks" amongst film buffs, and were re-released in theatres around 1984 after a 30-year absence. The others are Rear Window (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), The Trouble with Harry (1955), and Vertigo (1958).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Brandon is opening the curtains of the long window after killing David, the shadows are in the wrong direction, towards the window.See more »
Rupert Cadell:Well well well Kenneth Lawrence, how you've grown.
Kenneth:Hello ,uh, Mr...
Rupert Cadell:Come on, Ken. School's out, you can say it.
Kenneth:Rupert, you're the same as ever. It's awfully good to see you again.
Rupert Cadell:Why?
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62 out of 81 people found the following review useful.
One of Hitchcock's greatest, 15 July 2005
Author: Grann-Bach ( from Denmark

What an unusual Hitchcock film... such a small cast, and the whole film consists of long takes. Before seeing this, I had heard enormously positive things about it... most of them coming from my father, who hadn't seen it for about fifteen years. I had high expectations for the film, but I must say it exceeded them. Though there are only a few cuts in this film, meaning the camera is running almost non-stop, Hitchcock makes great use of it; he manages to fit in many of his trademark angles and closeups in, without it seeming forced. At one point, the camera focuses for a minute and a half on an inanimate object with only one visible character moving back and forth near it, and he manages to drench the cut in suspense, leaving even the most calm and collected of viewers at the edge of their seat, biting their nails. Only the fewest directors could make that sequence work, and luckily Hitchcock is one of them. The plot is great. It's interesting and it develops nicely. The pacing is perfect. I was never bored for a second. The acting, oh the acting... John Dall is excellent as Brandon, the intellectually superior and very smug main character. Makes me wonder why he didn't get more roles in his career. Stewart is great, as usual. The rest of the acting is very good as well. The characters are well-written and credible. For such an unusual film, and despite the heavy feeling of watching a stage play rather than a film, it's very entertaining and effective. If for nothing else, watch this to enjoy Dall as the cold, calculating and manipulative psychopath. I recommend this to fans of Hitchcock and Stewart. 8/10

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