At the age of 9, Tommy Woodry has a reputation for telling tall tales -- the latest one being that his family is moving from Manhattan to a ranch out west. When the landlord interrupts the Woodrys at dinner to show their about to be vacated apartment, the Woodrys tell Tommy enough is enough. Then that hot summer night Tommy decides to sleep on the fire escape -- outside the Kellerson's apartment, since it is a story higher and gets more breeze. Tommy sees the Kellersons kill a man. Tommy's parents and the police won't believe his story. But the Kellersons want to silence him. Written by
Dale O'Connor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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In the note Tommy writes to his Mom and Pop (43:40 to 43:57), he refers to the upstairs neighbors as "the Kelersons" and also spells goodbye as "good by". Although the screenwriter or the filmmakers may have intended the surname he used to be a misspelling of the more common surname, Kellerson, the surname is not written anywhere else in the movie (the opening credits only list the actors, not their roles), so Tommy may be right and all the reviewers and listings of the cast using the common spelling may be wrong. See more
While running down the top flight of stairs to play with the neighbor boys at 04:15, Tommy's breath is visible, and is visible again while he is running to the police station at 25:49 just after he runs past the canopy of 136th. This is consistent with being shot in the late Fall, but is not consistent with being set in the 94 degree heat of summer (04:43). See more
A good lickin' never hurt anybody, boy. My old man used to give me enough of 'em when I was a kid. Hey, still in all, I never thought of callin' the cops when he did.
Remade as The Boy Cried Murder