★★★★★ USA. 1h20m. Thriller. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Arthur Laurents (screenplay) and Hume Cronyn (story) and Patrick Hamilton (“Rope”). Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine, William V. Skall. Edited by William H. Ziegler. Music by David Buttolph, Francis Poulenc, Leo F. Forbstein. Starring James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Constance Collier, Douglas Dick, Edith Evanson.
The first of Hitchcock’s Technicolor films, and is notable for taking place in real time and being edited so as to appear as a single shot through the use of long takes. It is the second of Hitchcock’s “limited setting” films, the first being Lifeboat. The original play was said to be inspired by the real-life murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924 by University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.