“I don’t believe you want to go to the theater to see somebody you can see next door.” - Joan Crawford, 1950.
Away from the new wave of anarchic performers, there were still a number of stars in the glamorous Hollywood tradition, such as Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Rock Hudson, and Audrey Hepburn.Three names from an earlier era made sensational comebacks” Bette Davis played a fading actress in All About Eve (1950). Judy Garland played her greatest role in A Star Is Born (1954) and Ingrid Bergman returned to Hollywood to win an Oscar for Anastasia (1956). However, the iconic images of Brando in leather, astride a motorcycle in The Wild One, the boyish blond features of rebellious James Dean, and the wide eyes of pin-up idol Marilyn Monroe, who did not live much beyond the end of the decade, remain the predominant US movie symbols of the 1950s. The ghosts of the decade are still there to haunt us.
BOX OFFICE HITS OF THE 1950s:Lady and The Tramp (1955), Peter Pan (1953), Cinderella (1950), The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), Sleeping Beauty (1959), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956), This Is Cinerama (1952), South Pacific (1958), The Robe (1953)
Film Fact: Rear Window is the only film in which Grace Kelly is seen with a cigarette. She refused to smoke in films, except this one where she is seen at the very most holding a lit cigarette though she is never shown actually smoking it due to clever editing.
“Have you any idea at all why you have an obsession with this kind of woman?” (in regards to the icy Hitchcock blondes in most of his films)
“I’m only obsessed because I don’t believe in stamping the woman with the word ‘sex’ all over her. I think it should be discovered in the course of our getting acquainted with her. It’s more interesting for this thing to be not apparent. In other words we don’t have to have the sex hanging round her neck like baubles.” - Alfred Hitchcock
All of the sound in the film is diegetic, meaning that all the music, speech and other sounds all come from
within the world of the film with the exception of non-diegetic orchestral music heard in the first three shots
of the film. (x)