Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
Plot: An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.
Alfred Hitchcock arranged to have Grace Kelly dressed in bright colors at the start of the film and made them progressively darker as time goes on.
During the attack scene according to the script, Grace Kelly was to get out of bed, put her robe on, and answer the phone when it rang. Grace Kelly contended that no woman, being at home, would put a robe on to answer the phone. Alfred Hitchcock agreed, and so the scene was shot with her in her nightgown.
Alfred Hitchcock wanted Cary Grant to star, but Warner Bros felt that he would be miscast as a villain.
Filmed in 3-D, which explains the prevalence of low-angle shots with lamps and other objects between the audience and the cast members. This is the only film that Alfred Hitchcock filmed in the 3-D format.
Alfred Hitchcock lost close to twenty pounds due to nervous anxiety when filming the scissors murder scene. He obsessively rehearsed the scene and shot take after take in order to get capture the scene the way he had envisioned it.
Alfred Hitchcock made a special effort to shoot scenes indoors, almost exclusively. Only a few brief shots, usually involving Chief Inspector Hubbard, take place outside. Hitchcock believed the decision to shoot most scenes indoors would create a sense of claustrophobia.
Alfred Hitchcock not only expressed a great deal of interest in selecting Grace Kelly's wardrobe, he selected nearly all of the props for the Wendice's apartment.
Alfred Hitchcock has a cameo about 13 minutes into the film, Hitchcock can be seen on the left side of the reunion photograph. As he is only seen in a photo, this is the final Hitchcock film in which he does not appear in person.
Grace Kelly was instructed to behave as if she were in a trance of some type, during her scenes in the final act of the movie to make her seem somewhat detached and distant.