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Today in History (1954): Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window' Premieres

Exactly 60 years ago, legendary Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock first thrilled American moviegoers with what would become one of his greatest works, "Rear Window."

Movie poster via Lenin Imports

Cornell Woolrich’s short story “It Had to Be Murder” (1942) was the basis of this classic suspense thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring James Stewart as professional news photographer Jeff Jefferies and Grace Kelly as his socialite girlfriend Lisa Fremont, “Rear Window” follows the story of how the former, with his leg broken and recuperating at home, chances upon what seems to be a murder from his apartment’s rear window and his own investigative effort that ensues. Given his profession, Jefferies’ weapons of choice included a camera and telephoto lens!

Movie still from “Rear Window” via Tumblr

“Rear Window” received overwhelming praises from the critics, who hailed it as one of Hitchcock’s best works. The Academy also took notice and presented it with four nominations: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Recording. Aside from these, the influential film figured several times in various “best of” lists and was also inducted into the United States National Film Registry.

Have a look at the trailer for “Rear Window” below!

Movie trailer via YouTube

All information in this article were sourced from Wikipedia.

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