Trivia / Rear Window

  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Actor Allusion: One photo in Jeff's apartment is him standing in front of a bomber during World War II. James Stewart had been a pilot during the war.
  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Lisa did not exist in the original story. Screenwriter John Michael Hayes was encouraged to spend time with Grace Kelly before writing for her. As a result many of Lisa's characteristics were inspired by Grace.
    • Georgine Darcy choreographed most of her dance moves.
  • Deleted Role: Joel Flynn filmed a scene that ended up cut.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • For the scene in which the couple struggle to get inside out of the rain, Hitchcock deliberately gave them conflicting instructions. Their struggling is real.
    • Hitchcock told Georgine Darcy not to take professional dance lessons, so as to convincingly play an enthusiastic amateur.
  • Playing Against Type: James Stewart, usually cast as a Nice Guy, plays a character who has bitter ideas about marriage and a touch of voyeurism in him. These darker aspects became a bit of a theme in the actor's post-World War II career.
  • Pop Culture Osmosis: The best example came from The Simpsons, when Bart is in the Stewart role, thinking Flanders killed Maude. The episode features Stewart himself peering back at Bart, yelling to Lisa (his Lisa) that a creepy kid is spying on him.
  • Production Posse: One of four collaborations between Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock - along with Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Vertigo.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The guy who played the songwriter is Ross Bagdasarian, who would later become better known for creating Alvin and the Chipmunks.
  • Trope Namers:
  • Unintentional Period Piece: World-traveling photographer LB Jeffries is stuck in his apartment for weeks because of a broken leg. He can't take the boredom so he looks out his window to watch his neighbors across the courtyard. If it had been at least 5 years later he would have just watched television to pass the time, but TVs weren't in every home in 1954. Also, later advances in medicine would have required a far more severe injury than a broken leg to confine him to his home - if anything, getting out and staying active would be encouraged.note 
  • What Could Have Been: Jeff was originally to speak with his editor in the editor's office, and the scene was filmed on an office set with James Stewart and Gig Young. Hitchcock decided that leaving the apartment was too much of a distraction, however, so the scene was relocated to the apartment and took place over the phone instead.

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