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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Did You Know?
This film was shot in the latter part of 1947 but shelved by RKO boss Howard Hughes
and released in 1949. When Bobby Driscoll
got his juvenile Oscar in 1950 he was 13 years old. See more
In the confrontation scene between Paul Stewart and Bobby Drisccoll in the apartment, the close-ups are clearly out of focus but were never re-shot. See more
[as Tommy goes home in a police car
And that's all the truth.
That was some jump, son!
I'm never gonna be a fireman. I don't like jumpin' in those nets.
Mr. Ed Woodry
I'm proud of you, Tommy, and from now on I'll believe you.
I'm glad, Pop. From now on I promise I'll never make up another story.
Mrs. Mary Woodry
That'll make us all happy.
Mr. Ed Woodry
I'll bet when we all get down to the station all the guys are going to point to me and say ther goes Tommy Woodry's father.
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Remade as Sudden Terror