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Title: Rope (1948)

Description: Advertisement for Rope (1948 U.S. film), ), starring James Stewart (James Maitland Stewart, May 20, 1908-July 2, 1997), Farley Granger (Farley Earle Granger II; July 1, 1925- ), John Dall (John Dall Thompson; May 26, 1918-January 15, 1971), and directed by Alfred Hitchcock (August 13, 1899-April 29, 1980). This film deals with two young intellectuals, Granger and Dall, who think to commit the "Perfect Murder" by strangling with a rope one of their classmates and hiding the body in a chest in their apartment, their lethal act detected by Stewart, their mentor, and who brings them to justice. The film is based upon a sensational Chicago murder case involving Richard Loeb (Richard Albert Loeb; June 11, 1905-January 28, 1936) and Nathan Leopold, Jr. (Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr.; December 19, 1904-August 29, 1971), two wealthy University of Chicago students, who were sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924. They said their motive to murder the innocent boy was their desire to commit a perfect crime. They retained Clarence Darrow (Clarence Seward Darrow; April 18, 1857-March 13, 1938) for their defense. Darrow was unable to prove the young men did not kill Franks, but argued strenuously against capital punishment and favoring rehabilitative prison sentences. Leopold was nineteen at the time of the murder, and Loeb was eighteen, both considering themselves Nietschean supermen, who could kidnap and murder someone and get away with it because, as Leopold had written to Loeb before the crime: "A superman is, on account of certain superior qualities inherent in him, exempted from the ordinary laws which govern men. He is not liable for anything he may do." Hitchcock experimented with many camera angles in this film, including 380-degree shots and where he used "fall away" portions of the set to accomplish those shots, chiefly the apartment where the young men lived. The film was not well received, being labeled "stagey" and "talkative," its production rooted and restricted to what otherwise would have been a stage production.

Location: New York, NY, October 1948

Category: Motion Pictures

Keywords: Rope, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Farley Granger, John Dall, perfect murders, murderers, rope killers, homicides, stranglers, hidden bodies, chests, mentors, Richard Loeb, Nathan Leopold, Bobby Franks, experimental camera shots, actors, suspense film directors, motion pictures, movies, films, apartments, advertisements, ads, promotions

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 2250 x 3196 (7.19 MPixels) (1.42)

Print Size: 19.0 x 27.1 cm; 7.5 x 10.7 inches

File Size: 20.61 MB (21,609,208 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000105228c

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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