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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... See more »

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David Kentley
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Brandon
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Phillip
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Wilson
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Kenneth
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Janet
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Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Mrs. Atwater
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Rupert Cadell
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Man Walking in Street After Opening Credits (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

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Hume Cronyn ... (adapted by)
 
Patrick Hamilton ... (from the play by)
 
Arthur Laurents ... (screenplay by)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

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Sidney Bernstein ... producer (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

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David Buttolph ... (uncredited)

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William V. Skall ... director of photography
Joseph A. Valentine ... director of photography (as Joseph Valentine)

Film Editing by

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William H. Ziegler

Art Direction by

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Perry Ferguson

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Howard Bristol
Emile Kuri

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ed Voight ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Fred Ahern ... production manager

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Lowell J. Farrell ... assistant director
Claude Archer ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Donald P. Desmond ... set construction (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Dorothea Holt ... illustrator (uncredited)
John More ... props (uncredited)
Joe Trusty ... props (uncredited)

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Al Riggs ... sound

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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)

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Adrian ... dress: Miss Chandler
Marian Dabney ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Lillian House ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Leon Roberts ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director

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Robert Brower ... associate Technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor color director
The Three Suns ... radio sequence by
Dinsmore Alter ... cloud technical advisor (uncredited)
Charlsie Bryant ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley and as a consequence decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father, his fiancée Janet and their old schoolteacher Rupert from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect. Written by Col Needham

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Taglines The guest who's dead on time See more »
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Also Known As
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (United Kingdom)
  • La corde (France)
  • Cocktail für eine Leiche (Germany)
  • La soga (Spain)
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  • 80 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Since the filming times were so long, everybody on the set tried their best to avoid any mistakes. At one point in the movie, the camera dolly ran over and broke a cameraman's foot, but to keep filming, he was gagged and dragged off. Another time, a woman puts her glass down but misses the table. A stagehand had to rush up and catch it before the glass hit the ground. Both parts are used in the final cut. See more »
Goofs When Phillip and Brandon put David in the chest, the rope is clearly around David's neck and completely inside the box. But in a few minutes Phillip finds the rope hanging, very far, outside the box. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Mouvement perpetuel no. 1 See more »
Crazy Credits In the end credits, the first credit is for the character of David Kentley who is only seen for a couple of seconds and has no spoken lines. Most of the other characters are listed with a descriptive phrase showing their relationship to David Kentley, or relationship among each other, just above the credit line(s) listing the character name and actor. The description and character name pairings are as follows: His friends - Brandon, Phillip; Their housekeeper - Mrs. Wilson; David's rival - Kenneth; David's girl - Janet; His father - Mr. Kentley; His aunt - Mrs. Atwater. The last character listed, Rubert Cadell, is the only one besides David Kentley without such a descriptive phrase. Also, David Kentley and Rupert Cadell are the only characters listed with both first and last names. See more »
Quotes Mrs. Atwater: Do you know when I was a girl I used to read quite a bit.
Brandon: We all do strange things in our childhood.
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