Monday, October 18, 2021

Reader's Diary #2245 - Cornell Woolrich: It Had to Be Murder

 I only recently saw the Hitchcock classic Rear Window for the first time and was surprised to see that it had been adapted from Cornell Woolrich's short story "It Had to Be Murder."

Of course, it's next to impossible not to compare so I won't bother trying. I'll also say that it's one of the few cases where I think the film is better than the book (or story in this case). I didn't dislike the story but Hitchcock played up the paranoia angle better. In Woolrich's story, the narrator is always convinced he's right and his bored isolation isn't played up. 

Still, it's got a good voice and a bit of a noir detective vibe working for it. 

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