Incorrectly regarded as goofs

(at about 1 hr 13 mins) Jeff wheels himself over to the window and bumps his leg (the one in the cast) against the wall below the window, yet he doesn't grimace at all. Once a broken leg in a cast begins healing, it's no more sensitive to such bumps than an uninjured leg.

Audio/visual unsynchronised

When Miss Lonelyhearts and the songwriter are talking about his record in his apartment, the dubbed-in dialogue doesn't sync with the picture, even to the extent of Miss Lonelyhearts being heard to say "I can't tell you what this music has meant to me," while her mouth isn't moving.

Continuity

When Jeff grabs the box of flashbulbs, all four can be seen in the box, but when he backs up more, there are only two left.

Continuity

When Lisa goes to Jeff's house to celebrate his last week with his cast, she places two candles onto the table next to him; the candles are not lit. A little later in the same scene, Lisa walks into the kitchen, and when she returns, the candles are lit.

Continuity

The location and angle of the shadows of the "sun" are in the same place in the morning and at night.

Crew or equipment visible

After Lisa sees Thorwald tie up the trunk, and the camera dollies forward to a close up, there are creaks from the floorboards and footsteps heard from the camera crew.

Character error

(at around 1h 18 mins) When Lisa and Jeff are discussing "rear window ethics", Grace Kelly noticeably stumbles her line "Jeff, you know if someone came in here they wouldn't believe what they'd s...see"

Continuity

When Jeff is getting back into the wheelchair after Stella has given him a massage, his pajama top jumps from being unbuttoned to buttoned between shots.

Continuity

When Thorwald returns home from one of his trips out in the rain lugging his suitcase, the camera (from Jeff's point of view) pans from a glimpse of Thorwald in the street, across Miss Torso's apartment where she is preparing to go to bed, to the second floor hallway where Thorwald is walking toward his apartment. This observed action takes only a few seconds - an impossibly short time frame for Thorwald to have entered his building through its front door, walked over to the stairwell, climbed the stairs to the second floor and then be seen walking along the second floor hallway.

Character error

Jeff, a professional photo-journalist, doesn't bother to take any photos of the developing mystery in his own back yard. He merely uses the camera with telephoto lens as a makeshift telescope. The only photos he seems to have taken were of the (at that time completely uninteresting) flower bed a couple of weeks earlier.

Continuity

Lisa takes the binoculars away from Jeff and wraps the neck cord around them before putting them on a small cupboard. When Jeff picks up the binoculars later, the neck cord is no longer wrapped around them.

Continuity

The detective accidentally throws his brandy over himself, soaking his shirt and jacket. In the next scene, seconds later, as he is about to leave the apartment, his clothes all appear bone dry.

Crew or equipment visible

(at around 1 hr 11 mins) When Tom Doyle is on the phone to a colleague and before Lisa comes out of the kitchen, the shadow of a camera crew member is visible on wall by the kitchen window.

Continuity

The amount of brandy in the detective's glass increases between shots.

Continuity

At the start, when Jeff is talking to Gunnison on the phone, the sky changes from cloudy to clear blue rather quickly.

Continuity

When Lisa places her slippers into her overnight case (whilst sitting on Jeff's lap), they are tossed in, more to the side of the case. Later, when the detective views the suitcase, the slippers are neatly placed and sitting upright.

Miscellaneous

When the audience is allowed to look through Stewart's camera with the telephoto lens, the screen image is masked as round. But the actual image seen through the slr viewfinder would be rectangular.

Continuity

When Lisa closes the shades, she doesn't close the shade for the side window on the left. When the camera pans left to show Jeff, the far-left shade is down.

Factual errors

The image retention effect depicted in Jeff's apartment when he fires the flashbulbs to temporarily blind Thorwald, is based upon the color of the light source. The type of flashbulbs used were a Clear type, appearing bluish to the eye, not red as the POV shots indicate.

Audio/visual unsynchronised

While Lisa and Stella are digging up the flowers (about 92 minute mark) the pianist is shown playing with other musicians. When the harmonica players starts to play, a saxophone is heard although none is visible. The harmonica is subsequently heard also.

Character error

When Stella tells Jeff that Thorwald's blinds are "up now", Jeff spins around and moves back with Stella into the shadowed part of his apartment telling her to "Get back. He'll see you". But immediately afterwords, while Thorwald is looking out of his window, Jeff moves back into the bright sunlight.

Audio/visual unsynchronised

At around 52 minutes: When Jeff's nurse goes to the door saying she's going to find out the name of the freight carrier that is taking off with the trunk, someone who sounds nothing like James Stewart has dubbed him with the peculiar sounding line "I'll keep an eye on the alley". Jimmy Stewart is holding the binoculars over his mouth but we can see that he's not moving his lips! Prior to that, when he says "don't do anything foolish" his lips are still moving after the audio is heard.

Factual errors

The Exakta camera used in this movie is usually held in a way that would suggest that the shutter is triggered on the right-side upward surface, as is normal for most cameras. 35mm Exakta cameras actually have the shutter release on the front of the camera, just left of the lens.

Continuity

Jeff is watching Miss Lonelyhearts through the telephoto lens of his camera. She exits the building and enters the restaurant across the street. As soon as the waiter approaches her we suddenly see Thorwald appear. His appearance is closeup. However, when Thorwald enters his apartment, despite the fact that Jeff is still looking at him through the same telephoto lens, without having made any adjustments to it, now Thorwald appears much smaller than the closeup, but he is actually closer.

Continuity

At the end of Jeff's first massage, Stella places the bottle with the green liquid on the side table without replacing the cap. As Stella is packing to leave, the bottle is capped as she places it in her bag.

Continuity

During Stella's first visit to Jeff, she places a thermometer in his mouth. When she does that, Jeff's hands change from being separated to together.

Crew or equipment visible

While Raymond Burr is looking through his wife's purse, studio lights are visible in his glasses.

Revealing mistakes

As Lisa (played by Grace Kelly) is in the kitchen preparing the brandy for Lt. Thomas Doyle and Jeff, her silhouette can be seen on the ceiling. The silhouette is of Grace Kelly with her hair down, though moments later when she emerges with the warmed brandy, her hair is swept up in a French Twist.

Continuity

When Lisa lowers Jeff's window shades for the evening, all of the shades are shown as being up at first. Lisa only lowers the shades on the front windows and the right-hand side window. She does not lower the left-hand window shade, and it remains up. However, when she comes out of the bathroom to model her nightgown for Jeff shortly afterwards, the camera angle now shows the left-hand shade being down too when no one was shown lowering it.

Continuity

When Lisa is talking to Jeff about his photography work, at one point both hands are holding her wine glass, but in the next shot, only her right hand is holding the glass.

Revealing mistakes

Obvious double used for Jeff when he is falling out of his apartment window.