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Rope (1957 film)

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Ad from SMH 21 Aug 1957
Based onplay by Patrick Hamilton
Directed byWilliam Sterling
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Running time70 minutes
Production companyABC
Original networkABC
Original release21 August 1957 (1957-08-21) (Sydney, live)[1]
20 September 1957 (1957-09-20) (Melbourne, tape)[2]

Rope is a 1957 Australian television film based on the play Rope by Patrick Hamilton. It was presented in real time.[3][4]

Broadcast live in Sydney, it was kinescoped/telerecorded for showing in Melbourne (these were the only Australian cities with TV at the time). Based on the play by Patrick Hamilton, it aired in a 70-minute time-slot on non-commercial ABC.


Two friends, Granello and Brandon, commit murder for the thrill of it. They hide the body in their apartment and invite the family and friends of their victim over for a party.



Rehearsals started in July 1957. Star John Meillon just finished a long run on stage in The Reluctant Debutante. It was recorded in Sydney and broadcast live. A tape recording was later broadcast in Melbourne.[5] It was Meillon's first TV play.[6]


According to an article in 19 September 1957 edition of The Age, the broadcast was well received by viewers during its Sydney telecast, and producer Sterling was happy with the quality of the kinescope/telerecording.[7]

1959 Australian TV Version

The play was filmed again for Australian TV in 1959, this time shot in Melbourne for ATN Channel 7.

See also


  1. ^ "All the TV Programmers". ABC Weekly. 21 August 1957. p. 34.
  2. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 19 September 1957.
  3. ^ "Talk about". ABC Weekly. 21 August 1957. p. 46.
  4. ^ "Television news". Sydney Morning Herald. 7 August 1957. p. 7.
  5. ^ "TV news". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 July 1957. p. 10.
  6. ^ "Actor in Demand is a Swimmer". The Age. 28 November 1957.
  7. ^ "Murder Classic, Jacobs Story ABV-2 Drama". The Age. 19 September 1957. p. 11.

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