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L.B. "Jeff" Jefferies
Played By: James Stewart
- Deadpan Snarker: He's an Alfred Hitchcock protagonist and he's played by James Stewart, so this is a given.
- Jerkass Ball: Most of the time he's mild-mannered and well-intentioned, but he can be spiteful and resentful to those closest to him.
- Last-Name Basis: Everybody calls him "Jeff".
- Never My Fault: One of his character flaws. In addition to being too stubborn to admit that he's wrong.
- No Name Given: His first name is never revealed, only the initials.
- Nosy Neighbor: Jeff is this, but he isn't the usual malicious or gossipy kind. He's just bored, and doesn't pass judgment on his neighbours. He even feels sorry for Miss Lonely-Hearts.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: He spends the entire film in his pajamas and leg cast.
- The Peeping Tom: He turns his apartment complex into his own personal entertainment, spying on his neighbours.
- Right Place, Right Time, Wrong Reason: Jeff only discovers the shady happenings in Thorwald's apartment because he's become a voyeur.
- Window Watcher: A photographer by nature, when Jeff finds himself bored and unable to work he quickly becomes this. And then the movie happens.
Lisa Carol Fremont
Played By: Grace Kelly
- Fashionista: As played by style icon Grace Kelly, she's always decked out in the latest couture and works at a fashion magazine.
- Genre Savvy: Questions Mrs. Thorwald's whereabouts, due to the fact that the woman "left" without her jewelry or some extra clothing.
- Girl Friday: She really is his girlfriend, but at the moment, she feels as though there is Unresolved Sexual Tension and they even discuss the trope.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's very beautiful with blonde hair to match, she's just as loving and virtuous too.
- Heroic Seductress: She's very virtuous and sensual, she uses the promise (events prevent fulfillment) just to distract Jeff from his rear window activities (like checking out Miss Torso).
- Socialite: Comes from a wealthy family and hob nobs at very posh parties when she isn't visiting Jeff at his apartment.
- Spoiled Sweet: She comes from a very wealthy family and is seen dressing in couture, is sweet and kind to people around her; Doyle and Stella think she's perfect for Jeff.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: With ample funds and a job at a fashion magazine, Lisa fulfills this part of the trope.
NYPD Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle
Played By: Wendell Corey
- Dad the Veteran: Was in "the War" with Jeff and is a father.
- Friend on the Force: Works as a detective for the NYPD and is close to Jeff.
- Police are Useless: Doesn't believe Lisa and Jeff regarding Thorwald but the latter man did cover his tracks well.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Makes sense for the 50s but he dismisses Lisa's theories regarding Thorwald and Mrs. Thorwald's jewelry since "that Women's intuition stuff may sell magazines" but doesn't work in real life.
- Shipper on Deck: For Lisa and Jeff.
Played By: Thelma Ritter
- Cool Old Lady: One of the older characters in the cast, along with being very witty and intuitive when she's not being friendly with Lisa and Jeff.
- Deadpan Snarker: Even more so than Jeff.
- No thanks I don't want any part of her *gasps at realization*
- Happily Married: She and her off-screen husband are a couple of "maladjusted misfits" who've been happy for over 20 years.
- Servile Snarker: She works for Jeff and snarks at his remarks and inability to really commit to Lisa.
- Shipper on Deck: For Jeff and Lisa.
Played By: Raymond Burr
- Big Bad: He's willing to take whatever lengths to cover up the murder of his wife. Whether by assaulting (and possibly trying to kill Lisa), threatening Jeff, and killing a dog.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Played with, while the bespectacled man killed his wife and a little dog along with attempting to murder another woman more than half his size and a skinny, disabled man, he comes off as quite desperate and pitiful when he confronts Jeff.
- Henpecked Husband: He's rather put-upon by his wife, and it drives him to murder.
- Kick the Dog: When the little dog belonging to a neighbouring couple begins to dig around the location of the corpse, Lars kills it.
- No Name Given: Averted, he and his wife are the only neighbors with a known name.
- Your Cheating Heart: Thorwald is seeing another woman, one that doesn't figure prominently in the film, but was seen with a large black hat and was likely receiving the trunk containing one of Mrs. Thorwald's body parts.
Miss Hearing Aid
Played By: Jesslyn Fax
Played By: Rand Harper and Havis Davenport
- Bridal Carry: They're in the apartment but the husband does this after the wedding is completed.
- Insatiable Newlyweds: Kissing and kissing, they're practically the only neighbors that kept their shades down for a good reason.
- Unable to Support a Wife: To the Missus's chagrin, her husband quit his job around the time of the wedding.
Played By: Georgine Darcy
- Big Eater: She's referred to as the "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry" girl.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her concern for the dog and its owners and her love for Stanley show her a sweetheart.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves to do both.
- Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Her boyfriend is shorter than her.
- Ms. Fanservice: Practices her dancing in her bra and panties and shows off her legs.
- Really Gets Around: Jeff seems to think so.Jeff: She's like a queen bee with her pick of the drones.
- Shaking the Rump: During one of her many instances of fanservice, she bends over to get something out of her refrigerator and shakes her butt back and forth while Jeff looks on.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: It's a heatwave, why shouldn't she wear skimpy outfits in her apartment?
- She's Got Legs: Shows off some dancer's gams.
- Toplessness from the Back: While shes getting dressed in the morning, Jeff gets a glimpse of her bare back before she puts on her bra. Notably, this is often cited as the first shot of a topless woman in an American film.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She is devoted to a shlubby army boyfriend.
Played By: Judith Evelyn
- Driven to Suicide: Had she not been entranced by the songwriter's score, she would've succeeded.
- Fire-Forged Friends: As explained above in Driven to Suicide and likely met up with the Songwriter while out in the courtyard after witnessing Jeff and Thorwald fighting.
- Glasses Girl: Has a cat eyed pair she wears at home.
- Old Maid: To her chagrin, she's over 35 and unmarried.
- Redhead In Green: Wears green a lot which goes well with her auburn hair.
The Couple with the Dog
The Couple with the Dog
Played By: Frank Cady and Sara Berner
- Beware the Nice Ones: They are a couple that didn't bother anyone and loved their dog, but when the dog was killed, the Wife soon delivers a scathing speech directed at her neighbors.
- Broken Tears: The Wife has this when the dog is discovered dead.
- Closer to Earth: Averted. The Husband seems the more calmer half of the couple, aside from an argument while they were moving the mattress inside their apartment.
- Happily Married: In great contrast with the Thorwalds.
- Heroic Dog: The little dog was the only one aside from Jeff, Lisa, and Stella to suspect something wrong with that flower bed....
- MacGyvering: They use a rope and a basket as an elevator for their dog.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: She wears some pinks while he's seen in blue.
- Precious Puppy: Practically a child for the couple and small enough to fit into the basket they lower down for him.
- Quirky Curls: Likely a perm, but the wife has a curly Lucy Ricardo-like hairdo that fits the quirky activities of her and her husband what with sleeping on the fire escape and making an elevator for their dog.
Played By: Ross Bagdasarian Sr.
- Everyone Calls Him Bar Keep: He's a songwriter and called "The Songwriter".
- Fire-Forged Friends: After his music saves her from attempting suicide and after the chaos of the confrontation between Jeff and Thorwald, he befriends Miss Lonelyhearts.
- Singer-Songwriter: He writes songs, but sings "Lisa" at the end of the film.
Played By: Irene Winston
- Ill Girl: She's in bed a lot due to an undisclosed (at least to the protagonists and the audience) illness.
- Jerkass: We don't see much of her, but what we do see isn't pleasant. She throws away a flower her husband gives her with her dinner, and when she overhears a phone conversation with her husband and (what is implied to be) his mistress, rather than get angry or sad, she laughs at him.
- No Name Given: Averted, she and her husband are the only neighbors with a known name.