Hitchcock's Rear Window: Narrative Structure


Marriage and Murder: The Double Plot
Underline = Camera Narrator.
Italics = Dialogue scenes in the apartment.
Bold = POV shots + Reaction shots.
(C. 1-17) = DVD Chapters
( Key moments.)
( Phone: Dialogue and Suspense.)



  1. Blinds rolling up to reveal a view of apartments. (C. 1)
  2. Camera Narrator introduces the world outside the window and J.B. Jefferies. (C. 2)
    Fade
  3. Jeffries looking out the window and talking to Gunnison on phone. (Phone #1)
    • Women sunbathing.
    • Miss Torso.
    • The Artist.
    • Composer.
    • The Thorwalds.
  4. Jeff scratches leg and looks out the window.
    • Thorwald, the dog and the Artist.
  5. Stella and Jeff. (C. 3)
  6. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Thorwald.
    • The Artist.
    • Miss Torso.
    • Newlyweds.
    Fade
  7. Camera Narrator repeats the movement of #2 around the courtyard into Jeff sleeping. (C. 4)
  8. Jeff awakened by a Dream Girl.
  9. Lisa and Jeff. The conflict.
  10. Jeff looking out the window. (C. 5)
    • Mrs. Thorwald.
    • Miss Lonelyhearts having dinner alone.
  11. Lisa and Jeff looking out the window.
    • Miss Torso.
  12. Jeff looking out the window.
    • The Newlyweds
    • Thorwalds fighting.
    • Composer writing "Lisa."
  13. Lisa and Jeff. The song and the dinner.
    Fade
  14. Lisa and Jeff. "You don't think either of us can ever change? (C. 6)
  15. Jeff looking out the window. A scream and glass breaking. (Murder Mystery Plot begins.)
  16. Jeff looking out the window. (C. 7)
    • Fire escape couple goes inside.
    • Thorwald leaves with suitcase.
    • Jeff checks watch:1:55 am.
      Fade
    • Jeff checks watch 2:35 am.
    • Thorwald returns.
    • Composer comes in drunk.
    • Thorwald leaves again.

    Fade
  17. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Miss Torso comes home.
    • Thorwald returns.
  18. Jeff falls asleep. Camera Narrator shows:
    • Torso's apartment.
    • Thorwalds' apartment.
    Fade
  19. Jeff asleep. Camera Narrator shows :
    • Thorwald and woman leaving.
    • Back to Jeff asleep.

    Fade
  20. Camera Narrator shows: (C. 8)
    • The Artist: "Hunger"
    • Miss Torso dancing.
    • The dog being lowered in the basket.
    • Moves inside the apartment to Stella massaging Jeff.
  21. Stella and Jeff. Jeff's suspicions.
  22. Jeff and Stella looking out the window.
    • Thorwald looking out his window.
    • Dog digging in the flowers.
    • Thorwald cleaning a suitcase.
  23. Jeff looking out the window with binoculars and Telephoto lens.
    • Thorwald packing a suitcase.
    • Thorwald wraps knife in newspaper.
    • Thorwald sleeping on couch.
    Fade
  24. Camera Narrator repeats the movement of #2 and #7 into Jeff and Lisa. (C.9)
  25. Lisa and Jeff.
  26. Jeff looking out the window and talking to Lisa.
    • Miss Torso.
  27. Lisa and Jeff looking out window and arguing.
    • Thorwald.
  28. Lisa looking out window. "Tell me everything you saw and what you think it means." (Marriage and Murder Plots merge.)
    • Thorwald tying up truck.
    Fade
  29. Jeff looking out the window. Lisa phones him about Thorwald's name. (Phone #2)
    • Thorwald in his living room.
    • Cigarette glowing.
    Fade
  30. Jeff on phone with Detective Doyle. Stella serves witty repartee. (Phone #3)
  31. Stella joins Jeff in looking out the window.
    • Thorwald smoking in living room.
  32. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Miss Torso dances.
    • Newlyweds.
  33. Jeff and Stella looking out the window.
    • Delivery men pick up the trunk.
  34. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Thorwald phoning.
    • Stella in street.
    Fade
  35. Doyle and Jeff. (C. 10)
  36. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Dog digging. Thorwald pushes him away.
    • Detective goes to check out manager.
    Fade
  37. Doyle and Jeff.
  38. Doyle looking out the window.
    • Miss Torso.
  39. Doyle and Jeff.
  40. Jeff scratching in his cast.
    Fade
  41. Jeff looking out the window with camera lens. (C. 11)
    • Dog lowered.
    • Lonelyhearts leaves and crosses to bar.
    • Composer's party.
    • Miss Torso's dance lesson.
    • Thorwald returns with laundry box.
  42. Jeff calls Doyle's house while looking out the window. (Phone #4)
    • Thorwald emptying his wife's purse and phoning.
    • Composer's party.
    • Thorwald packing.
  43. Lisa joins Jeff in looking out the window.
    • Thorwald in his living room.
    • Thorwald leaves.
  44. Lisa and Jeff. Lisa the detective.
  45. Lisa looking out the window. "That song again."
    • Composer plays "Lisa."
  46. Jeff and Lisa.
  47. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Newlyweds.
  48. Doyle and Jeff. (C.12)
  49. Doyle looking out the window.
    • Composer's party.
    • Thorwald's apartment.
  50. Doyle, Jeff and Lisa. All the "evidence" refuted. (Phone #5)
  51. Jeff and Lisa looking out the window. C. 13)
    • Composer party.
    • Miss Torso exercising.
    • Lonelyhearts almost raped.
  52. Jeff and Lisa. Rear Window Ethics. The curtains fall on the mystery.
    Fade
  53. Lisa in her night gown. Scream.
  54. Lisa and Jeff looking out the window.
    • Dog is dead.
    • Reactions of the people in the apartments.
  55. Jeff and Lisa looking out the window. (The dog who knew too much.)
    • Thorwald's cigarette.
    • Cigarette glowing.
    Fade
  56. Stella, Lisa and Jeff looking out the window. (C. 14) (The three detectives.)
    • Thorwald scrubbing bathroom walls.
    • The flower bed.
  57. Stella, Lisa and Jeff. Slides of the flowers and looking out the window at the flowers.
    • Thorwald packing.
  58. Stella, Lisa and Jeff. Jeff writes note to Thorwald.
    Fade
  59. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Lisa delivering the note.
    • Thorwald packing.
  60. Stella looking out the window.
    • Lonelyhearts and her pills.
    • Composer playing "Lisa."
  61. Lisa returns from her mission: Jeff's reaction. (Jeff's reaction-shot.)
  62. The three looking out the window.
    • Thorwald and the handbag.
  63. The three detectives: the ring is in the flower bed. Plan to phone Thorwald.
  64. Camera Narrator gives shot of Lonelyhearts closing blinds.
  65. Jeff phones Thorwald.
  66. Jeff looking out the window and talking to Thorwald. (Phone #6)
  67. Lisa and Stella leave to dig up the flowers. Jeff to prepare the flash signal.
  68. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Thorwald on the street.
  69. Jeff preparing flash bulbs.
  70. Jeff looking out the window and calling Doyle's house. (Phone #7)
    • Lisa and Stella digging up the flowers.
    • Thorwald's apartment.
    • Lisa and Stella digging.
    • Composer playing "Lisa."
    • Lisa waving to Jeff.
    • Lonelyhearts writing.
    • Stella digging. No ring.
  71. Jeff looking out the window. C. 15)
    • Lisa entering T's apartment. Finds purse. No ring.
  72. Stella joins Jeff looking out the window. Jeff calls the police. (Phone #8)
    • Lisa searching.
    • Lonelyhearts about to take pills.
    • Composer playing "Lisa."
    • Lonelyhearts hears the song and stops.
    • Lisa hears the song; shows jewelry.
    • Thorwald returns and catches Lisa.
    • The police arrive.
    • Lisa shows the ring.
    • Thorwald sees the ring and Jeff.
  73. Jeff and Stella getting bail for Lisa.
  74. Camera Narrator shows Thorwald looking at Jeff's window and leaving.
  75. Doyle phones Jeff. (Phone #9) ("You should have seen her.")
  76. Jeff looking out the window.
    • Thorwald's apartment is empty.
  77. The phone rings. The Detective meets the Killer. (C. 16) (Phone #10)
  78. Jeff, Lisa, Doyle and Stella. (Marriage and Murder plots resolved.) (Gee, I'm proud of you.)
  79. Camera Narrator repeats the movement of #2, #7 and #24 around the apartments into Jeff and Lisa. (C. 17)
    • Lonelyhearts and the Composer.
    • Painting Thorwald's apartment.
    • The new puppy in the basket.
    • Miss Torso's man comes home.
    • The Artist is sleeping.
    • The Newlyweds bickering.
  80. Jeff sleeping. Lisa reading Beyond the High Himalayas and Bazaar.
  81. Blinds roll down.