Episode 34: Rear Window (1954)

We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes, sir. How’s that for a bit of homespun philosophy?

Stella, Rear Window


Like us, you probably spent a lot of time during the pandemic, looking at the world just outside your window and keeping up with the neighborhood activity. But, what if you saw something awful? Something you were sure of, but couldn’t prove? L.B. Jefferies (Jimmy Stewart) in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rear Window becomes obsessed with just such a scenario. He pulls everyone into the plot, including his girlfriend (Grace Kelly), his old war buddy turned police detective (Wendell Corey), and his physical therapist (Thelma Ritter). But, did anything bad really happen over in Lars Thorwald’s (Raymond Burr) apartment? Or is it all just in L.B.’s imagination?

Did we become as obsessed with this story as L.B.? Were we a little jealous of his camera lenses? What kind of guy won’t compromise a little bit for a woman like Grace Kelly? Did the song composer and the lonely-hearted woman become an item? Have we ever been so hot, we wanted to sleep outside for the night? And would we spy on our neighbors, maybe even climb a fire escape and break into their apartment, just to satisfy our curiosity? Join us in the courtyard for a neighborly conversation during which we’ll reveal all.

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