Rear Window script
Rear Window (1954)
Synopsis: Rear Window is a 1954 American Technicolor mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes based on Cornell Woolrich's 1942 short story "It Had to Be Murder". Originally released by Paramount Pictures, the film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.

THE CAMERA MOVES ON to a distant street corner seen between

two buildings. The traffic is very light at this hour, but a

Sanitation Department truck moves through the intersection

spraying water out behind it to cool the pavement and keep

the dust down. Three little kids in bathing suits run behind

the truck, playing in the water.

THE CAMERA MOVES OFF and around to some buildings at the

side. As it skims this building, we see a hand emerge from

one of the windows, and remove the cover from a birdcage

which is hanging from a hook on the wall outside. In the

cage are two lovebirds -- arguing.

THE CAMERA NOW PULLS BACK SWIFTLY and retreats through the

open window back into Jefferies' apartment. We now see more

of the sleeping man. THE CAMERA GOES IN far enough to show a

head and shoulders of him.

He is L. B. JEFFERIES. A tall, lean, energetic thirty five,

his face long and serious-looking at rest, is in other

circumstances capable of humor, passion, naive wonder and

the kind of intensity that bespeaks inner convictions of

moral strength and basic honesty.

He is sitting in an Everest and Jennings wheelchair.

THE CAMERA PANS along his right leg. It is encased in a

plaster of Paris spica from his waistline to the base of his

toes. Along the white cast someone has written "Here lie the

broken bones of L. B. Jefferies."

THE CAMERA PANS to a nearby table on which rests a shattered

and twisted Speed Graphic Camera, the kind used by fast-action

news photographers.

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John Michael Hayes

John Michael Hayes (11 May 1919 – 19 November 2008) was an American screenwriter, who scripted several of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the 1950s. more…

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