Professional photographer L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 52m

Budget $1,000,000.00

Revenue $36,764,313.00

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Release Information

  • August 4, 1954
    Theatrical (limited)
  • September 1, 1954
  • September 30, 1983
    PG, Theatrical
  • January 20, 2000



Cast 19

  1. James Stewart

    James Stewart
    L. B. Jefferies

  2. Grace Kelly

    Grace Kelly
    Lisa Carol Fremont

  3. Wendell Corey

    Wendell Corey
    Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle

  4. Thelma Ritter
  5. Raymond Burr

    Raymond Burr
    Lars Thorwald

  6. Judith Evelyn

    Judith Evelyn
    Miss Lonelyheart

  7. Ross Bagdasarian

    Ross Bagdasarian

  8. GD

    Georgine Darcy
    Miss Torso

  9. Sara Berner

    Sara Berner
    Woman on Fire Escape

  10. Frank Cady

    Frank Cady
    Man on Fire Escape

  11. JF

    Jesslyn Fax
    Miss Hearing Aid

  12. RH

    Rand Harper

  13. IW

    Irene Winston
    Mrs. Emma Thorwald

  14. HD

    Havis Davenport

  15. Bess Flowers

    Bess Flowers
    Songwriter's Party Guest with Poodle (uncredited)

  16. Kathryn Grant

    Kathryn Grant
    Girl at Songwriter's Party (uncredited)

  17. Alfred Hitchcock

    Alfred Hitchcock
    Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited)

  18. Anthony Warde

    Anthony Warde
    Detective (uncredited)

  19. Gig Young

    Gig Young
    Jeff's Editor (voice) (uncredited)

Crew 16


  1. JM

    J. McMillan Johnson
    Art Direction

  2. HP

    Hal Pereira
    Art Direction

  3. SC

    Sam Comer
    Set Decoration

  4. RM

    Ray Moyer
    Set Decoration


  1. Robert Burks

    Robert Burks
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. Edith Head

    Edith Head
    Costume Design

  2. WW

    Wally Westmore
    Makeup Artist


  1. HC

    Herbert Coleman
    Second Unit


  1. Alfred Hitchcock


  1. George Tomasini


  1. Alfred Hitchcock
  2. JC

    James C. Katz

  3. CE

    C.O. Erickson
    Unit Production Manager


  1. FW

    Franz Waxman
    Original Music Composer


  1. Cornell Woolrich
  2. JM

    John Michael Hayes

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