Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Douglas Dick, Joan Chandler
The premise behind Rope—as well as its source material, Patrick Hamilton's stage play Rope's End—is incredibly ghoulish: Two college buddies (played by Farley Granger and John Dall) murder someone just for kicks, stash his body in their apartment, and promptly throw a party there, complete with the victim's family and friends as guests, just to see if they can get away with it.
Of course, the killers' twisted plan doesn't go off smoothly. Fortunately, the same can't be said for Hitchcock's film as a whole, which is presented as one long, continuous 80-minute take, once again showing how far ahead of his time the man was (it predates this year's Elizabeth Olsen-led horror flick Silent House by 64 years). His superbly handled trick: expertly concealed edits, stitching together single shots that Hitch let play out on set for upwards of 10 minutes apiece.