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The Window (1949)

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To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9 year old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, no one will believe him.

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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 <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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21 July 1949 (Mexico)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Tommy Woodry: [as Tommy goes home in a police car] And that's all the truth.
policeman: That was some jump, son!
Tommy Woodry: 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.
Tommy Woodry: 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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Another outstanding but much underrated thriller in that era...

The central figure of 'The Window' was a slum ten-year-old boy (Bobby Driscoll), living in New York poor neighborhood and known to everyone there as a teller of fantastic stories…

His parents (Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale) warned him he must stop his fantasies… and what followed was a classic up-dating of the boy who cried 'wolf' once too often…

One stifling night, the boy climbed out on to a fire escape to seek cool air and, through a crack under a window blind, he witnessed a murder…

He knew no one would believe him although this time, for the first time, his story was true… He tried to tell his mother that he had seen a couple called Kellerson trying to rob a drunk and killing him in a fight: the boy got scolded for his imagination and sent to bed… His father locked him in for punishment; the boy escaped and took his story to the police station. A detective investigated, but could find no body, no signs of a struggle…

Now the awful irony: the guilty Kellersons learn through the detective that the boy had seen them committing the crime, and the boy's parents, with terrifyingly understandable logic, send the boy to the killers to apologize 'for spreading such an awful story about them'.

The Kellersons cannot decide: should they leave well alone, as nobody believes the boy; or should they commit another crime to cover the first?

'The Window' is a classic little second feature, entertaining and suspenseful; unfortunately it had few successful imitators…


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