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The Window (1949)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  21 July 1949 (Mexico)
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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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This peril-thrilled adventure in suspense...the terrifically taut story of a boy of too much imagination who was the only witness to a murder...alone against the killers because nobody believed his story! See more »


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21 July 1949 (Mexico)  »

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La ventana  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Neglected noir...
25 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

First saw this nail-biter when I was a kid. It still holds up. Based on a Cornell Woolrich story (as was REAR WINDOW), this one boasts some of the most stunning cinematography I've ever seen. Director Tetzlaff, himself a cinematographer of considerable skill (he shot Alfred Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS), milks this one for all it's worth. Bobby Driscoll (the kid underground comix artist Robert Crumb reveals his brother fell in love with in the documentary CRUMB) never once wavers under the camera's close scrutiny: his must be one of the greatest performances EVER by a kid in a feature film. In fact, it's his performance that carries the film. Paul Stewart is as creepy as they come; his performance, as good as it is, perfectly compliments the low-key desperation of young Driscoll. Absolutely must-see moviemaking.


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