One of Hitchcock's most stylish thrillers has photographer Stewart
confined to wheelchair in his apartment, using binoculars to spy
on courtyard neighbors, and discovering a possible murder. Inventive
Cornell Woolrich story adapted by John Michael Hayes. Stewart,
society girlfriend Kelly, and no-nonsense nurse Ritter make a
At the time the
set was the largest indoor set built at Paramount Studios.
The film was unavailable for many years owing to a
dispute with Cornell Woolrich's estate over the rights to the original
Hitchcock supposedly hired Raymond Burr to play the
villain because he looked like his old producer David O. Selznick.
Other than a couple of shots near the end and the discovery
of the dead dog all the shots in the movie originate from Stewart's
Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance an hour into the film, winding
the clock in the songwriter's apartment.