History Main / RearWindowInvestigation

12th Jun '17 12:53:13 AM EtherReal
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A character, usually female, suspects a male character, often a neighbor, of committing a crime. Perhaps she is even a [[RearWindowWitness witness of the crime.]] Nobody believes her, or she isn't sure herself, so she decides to wait until he leaves his house, and then sneak in to look for clues or to obtain incriminating evidence. Of course, the potential suspect will invariably come home early, and the investigating character will have to find a way out of the house without being discovered. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

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A character, usually female, female (ironic as the Trope Namer is male), suspects a male character, often a neighbor, of committing a crime. Perhaps she is even a [[RearWindowWitness witness of the crime.]] Nobody believes her, or she isn't sure herself, so she decides to wait until he leaves his house, and then sneak in to look for clues or to obtain incriminating evidence. Of course, the potential suspect will invariably come home early, and the investigating character will have to find a way out of the house without being discovered. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.
7th Jun '17 11:55:52 PM major-kumquat
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* Another gender-inverted example is ''Film/BlueVelvet'', where a (male) college student snoops around the apartment of a local woman who he believes is connected to a string of murders.



%%* ''Film/BlueVelvet''.
6th Mar '17 7:17:54 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': While Scarfe is bleeding out in Pop's Barbershop from getting shot by Cottonmouth, he tells Luke he has a ledger under the floorboards in his apartment containing lots of incriminating evidence against Cottonmouth. Luke goes there, slipping unnoticed past Misty Knight and her lieutenant, who are sitting in their car staking out the place in case Scarfe returns. Luke manages to retrieve the notes, but is forced to jump out a window and run when Misty enters the apartment.
13th Jan '17 3:22:58 PM dmcreif
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* In the ''Series/Daredevil2015'' episode "Penny and Dime", Karen breaks into Frank Castle's former house to look for evidence, and narrowly avoids being spotted by suspicious suited men in a work van. Foggy and Matt chew her out for this in the following episode, or, Foggy chews her out. Matt just warns her to exercise more caution.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': In the ''Series/Daredevil2015'' episode "Penny and Dime", Karen breaks into Frank Castle's former house to look for evidence, house, retrieves a photograph of Frank and his family, and narrowly avoids being spotted by suspicious suited men in a work van. Foggy and Matt chew her out for this in the following episode, or, Foggy chews her out. out, while Matt just warns her to exercise more caution.
10th Dec '16 1:20:14 PM dmcreif
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* The episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "The Lives of Others". Castle is so bored while recovering from an accident, that he starts watching his neighbors through binoculars, and sees what is clearly a man murdering his girlfriend with a knife. When Beckett doesn't believe him (she even calls it a "rear window scenario"), he posts Alexis to be his watch while he breaks into the neighbor's house to retrieve some evidence - except he's still on crutches, falls over when he tries to leave, and has to hide under the bed. [[spoiler:Turns out Beckett staged the whole thing as a birthday present to Castle, and everyone, including the "murderer" and "victim", were in on the prank.]]

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* The episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "The Lives of Others". Castle is so bored while recovering from an accident, that he starts watching his neighbors through binoculars, and sees what is clearly a man murdering his girlfriend with a knife. When Beckett doesn't believe him (she even calls it a "rear window scenario"), he posts Alexis to be his watch while he breaks into the neighbor's house to retrieve some evidence - except he's still on crutches, falls over when he tries to leave, and has to hide under the bed. [[spoiler:Turns out Beckett staged the whole thing as a birthday present to Castle, and everyone, including the "murderer" and "victim", were in on the prank.role-playing.]]



* In the ''Series/Daredevil2015'' episode "Penny and Dime", Karen Page breaks into Frank Castle's former house to look for evidence, and narrowly avoids being spotted by suspicious suited men in a work van. [[RealityEnsues Foggy and Matt chew her out for this in the following episode]].

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* In the ''Series/Daredevil2015'' episode "Penny and Dime", Karen Page breaks into Frank Castle's former house to look for evidence, and narrowly avoids being spotted by suspicious suited men in a work van. [[RealityEnsues Foggy and Matt chew her out for this in the following episode]].episode, or, Foggy chews her out. Matt just warns her to exercise more caution.
19th Nov '16 11:29:38 AM themanwithathousandtabs
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* In ''Film/ApartmentZero'' the neighbors are leery of Adrian, but when they hear about a series of murders plaguing Buenos Aries, they become outright suspicious of him. They try to subtly test the waters, just to see if they really need to be worried. It doesn't go well.
17th Nov '16 11:13:35 AM dmcreif
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* The episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "The Lives of Others", plays this trope exactly straight - Castle is so bored while recovering from an accident, that he starts watching his neighbors through binoculars, and sees what is clearly a man murdering his girlfriend with a knife. When Beckett doesn't believe him (she even calls it a "rear window scenario"), he posts Alexis to be his watch while he breaks into the neighbor's house to retrieve some evidence - except he's still on crutches, falls over when he tries to leave, and has to hide under the bed. [[spoiler:Turns out it wasn't played straight at all: Beckett staged the whole thing as a birthday present to Castle, and everyone, including the "murderer" and "victim", were in on the prank.]]

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* The episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "The Lives of Others", plays this trope exactly straight - Others". Castle is so bored while recovering from an accident, that he starts watching his neighbors through binoculars, and sees what is clearly a man murdering his girlfriend with a knife. When Beckett doesn't believe him (she even calls it a "rear window scenario"), he posts Alexis to be his watch while he breaks into the neighbor's house to retrieve some evidence - except he's still on crutches, falls over when he tries to leave, and has to hide under the bed. [[spoiler:Turns out it wasn't played straight at all: Beckett staged the whole thing as a birthday present to Castle, and everyone, including the "murderer" and "victim", were in on the prank.]]


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* In the ''Series/Daredevil2015'' episode "Penny and Dime", Karen Page breaks into Frank Castle's former house to look for evidence, and narrowly avoids being spotted by suspicious suited men in a work van. [[RealityEnsues Foggy and Matt chew her out for this in the following episode]].
23rd Oct '16 5:39:29 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', Plucky Duck, while laid up in the hospital, thought that Elmer Fudd was growing clones of himself across the street, but was actually growing eggplants for a special soup he was making. In a subversion, however, even unbeknownst to Elmer, the eggplants ''did'' turn into clones.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
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In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', the short, "Rear Window Pain" from the episode, "Psychic Fun-omenon Day", Plucky Duck, while laid up in the hospital, thought that Elmer Fudd was growing clones of himself across the street, but was actually growing eggplants for a special soup he was making. In a subversion, however, even unbeknownst to Elmer, the eggplants ''did'' turn into clones. clones.
** In the episode, "Grandma's Dead", Duncan Duff, Elmyra's younger brother, is [[SickEpisode sick]] and forced to stay home from school. To pass the time, he watches a parody of ''Rear Window'' on his TV. Around the same time, one of Elmyra's pet hamsters dies when her grandmother visits, leading everyone, including the Duffs' next-door neighbor, Mr. Bump to believe that it's Grandma who died. When Duncan sees Mr. Bump carrying something Grandma left behind, he believes it's him who killed her, and he sets off to rescue Elmyra when she invites him to her hamster's funeral. As it turns out, Grandma isn't even dead in the first place.
11th Aug '16 1:03:22 AM PaulA
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* Creator/BrianDePalma's ''Film/{{Sisters}}'' is in part an [[RearWindowHomage homage]] to ''Film/RearWindow''. The variation is that the suspect is female rather than male, and the character snooping in her apartment is male. Interestingly, each character has an opposite-gender accomplice.

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* Creator/BrianDePalma's ''Film/{{Sisters}}'' ''Film/{{Sisters|1973}}'' is in part an [[RearWindowHomage homage]] to ''Film/RearWindow''. The variation is that the suspect is female rather than male, and the character snooping in her apartment is male. Interestingly, each character has an opposite-gender accomplice.
29th Jun '16 2:40:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* In DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency, one of the main characters breaks into his girlfriend's house to delete a message from her answering machine (Note: the book being written and set quite a while ago, this means listening to ''all'' of her messages, off a series of cassettes, until he finds the one he made). It turns out he's actually [[spoiler:possessed by an ancient alien ghost]].

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* In DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency, ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'', one of the main characters breaks into his girlfriend's house to delete a message from her answering machine (Note: the book being written and set quite a while ago, this means listening to ''all'' of her messages, off a series of cassettes, until he finds the one he made). It turns out he's actually [[spoiler:possessed by an ancient alien ghost]].
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