There’s Miss Lonely Hearts (a single woman with an imaginary boyfriend), Miss Torso (a beautiful ballet dancer) and The Salesman (played by an almost mute Raymond Burr, a man with an invalid, demanding wife). Jefferies finds the disappearance of The Salesman’s wife and his subsequent behavior extremely suspicious and enlists his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) to help him uncover the truth. The two women are polar opposites. Lisa is all perfume and chiffon, while Stella is sensible shoes and homespun wisdom.
It’s Hitchcock, so it’s beautiful. The music is wonderful (the soundtrack is a mixture of overheard snippets of music coming from other apartments and an orchestrated score). Kelly’s gowns are gorgeous creations by Edith Head. Each member of the cast turns in a stellar performance, even the ones playing bit parts as neighbors. If you can overlook Lisa’s irritating habit of only hearing what she wants to — hey Lisa, no, Jefferies does not want to marry you! — Rear Window is just about perfect. 11:55 p.m. River Oaks Theatre, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $10.
Fri., March 30, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., March 31, 11:55 p.m., 2012