Based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case (from which two other films, COMPULSION and SWOON, were also derived), ROPE both challenges and terrifies the audience. Alfred Hitchcock disdained the whodunit crime story, which he felt lacked emotional force, and ROPE shows the director's preference for letting the audience know more than the characters onscreen. The film opens as two young men (Farley Granger and John Dall) strangle a friend just to prove they're intellectually capable of committing the perfect crime. To add to the amusement, they hide the body in a trunk that will serve as the dinner table for a party honoring the deceased. The film hones in on an hour and a half of the party, with the constantly moving camera capturing the changing emotional atmosphere as the guests grow increasingly concerned about the fate of the missing boy. ROPE is a directorial tour de force, blending complex camera movement with intricate staging to present the entire story in near-real time in one location. Notably, the adaptation of the play by Patrick Hamilton was written by perennial Hitchcock actor Hume Cronyn.
David Buttolph - American Composer/B. 1902
Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
John Dall - American Actor
Constance Collier - British Actress
Douglas Dick - American Actor
Edith Evanson - Actress/"Rope"
James Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Jimmy Stewart - Oscar-winning actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, VERTIGO, HARVEY
Lord Sidney Lewis Bernstein - British Producer/Executive
Sidney Lewis Bernstein - British Producer/Executive
Sidney Bernstein - British Producer/Executive
Hume Cronyn - Actor/Screenwriter, Married Jessica Tandy
Farley Granger - American Actor
Perry Ferguson - Art Director
Joseph A. Valentine - American Diretor of Photography\D. 1949
Joseph Valentine - American Diretor of Photography\D. 1949
Ben Hecht - American Author/Screenwriter
Cedric Hardwicke - British actor,THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE.../THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Sir Cedric Hardwicke - British actor,THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE.../THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Cedric Webster Hardwicke - British actor,THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE.../THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Joan Chandler - American Actress
William V. Skall - American Diretor of Photography
ROPE is a masterfully directed Alfred Hitchcock production about two college students who murder a classmate in a bizarre experiment. This was Hitchcock's first film as an independent producer. The film is based on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case.
Hitchcock cameo: see Hitch's profile in neon in a sign briefly visible from the apartment window. Furniture was mounted on rollers so that it could be moved in and out as needed for the long takes. Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant for the role of the schoolmaster. ROPE was Alfred Hitchcock's first film as an independent producer. The story is shot in near-real time, covering an approximately 80-minute period and taking place in one room. The film is a series of long takes, without close-ups.
"...One can not understand the truly bold originality of [Hitchcock] without seeing it." - 06/03/1984 New York Times, p.II:19