James Stewart ■ John Dall ■ Farley Granger
Brandon and Philip are two young men who share a New York apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley and as a consequence decide to murder him. Together they strangle David with a rope and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to hold a small party. The guests include David's father, his fiancée Janet and their old schoolteacher Rupert from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly more daring, Rupert begins to suspect.
This is totally a Hitchcock film. All of those camera angles, the dark storyline, the drama, well, everything that makes a Hitchcock movie a Hitchcock movie.
When I first picked up a VHS copy of this movie I only did it because it starred Jimmy Stewart. I brought it home and watched it with my parents. You know, To Catch A Thief or Rear Window this movie is not, but it is a good psychological drama that asks some rather interesting moral questions.
Kids will likely find the story a tad boring but anyone that loves psychological crime dramas will enjoy the story. I, honestly wondered quite a few times throughout the movie whether they would get away with it or not.... and I'm not telling, you'll have to watch it for yourself ;)
Just in case you might wonder, the violence is actually quite minimal and nothing gory. This movie is rated PG and in my opinion that is pretty much all the rating it needs.
Dick Hogan ... David Kentley
John Dall ... Brandon - His Friend
Farley Granger ... Phillip - His Friend
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Wilson - Their Housekeeper
Douglas Dick ... Kenneth - David's Rival
Joan Chandler ... Janet - David's Girl
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Kentley - David's Father (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Constance Collier ... Mrs. Atwater - David's Aunt
James Stewart ... Rupert Cadell
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Mrs. Atwater: Do you know when I was a girl I used to read quite a bit.
Brandon: We all do strange things in our childhood.
Brandon: I've always wished for more artistic talent. Well, murder can be an art, too. The power to kill can be just as satisfying as the power to create.
Brandon Shaw: Of course, he was a Harvard graduate. That might be grounds for justifiable homicide.
Brandon Shaw: Good and evil, right and wrong were invented for the ordinary average man, the inferior man, because he needs them.
Rupert Cadell: By what right do you dare to say that there's a superior few to which you belong?
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