Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ and Gay ‘Rights’

“…And indeed, despite the strictures of the era, Rope remains one of the gayest movies ever made pre-1960s.


Both Dall and Granger were gay in real life; so was screenwriter Arthur Laurents, who was sleeping with Granger during filming.

To the amusement of all involved with Rope, words like “gay” and “queer” made it past the powers that be because, as usual, Hitchcock intentionally larded the original script with enough superfluous “offensive” fluff — lines like “My dear boy” — to preoccupy, and ultimately wear down, the censors.”

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