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The Window (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 21 July 1949 (Mexico)
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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$210,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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After Tommy writes his note he leans it against a coffee cup. When Mr. Kelerson reads it, he lays it flat on the table. In the next shot of the kitchen table, the note is again leaning against the coffee cup. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Woodry: Pop? If you see a thing with your own eyes, it can't be a dream, can it?
Mr. Ed Woodry: You don't want me ever to be ashamed of you, do you?
Tommy Woodry: No pop.
Mr. Ed Woodry: Well don't you see that might happen if you keep this up? People gonna say that Ed Woodry's son doesn't know the difference between what's real and what isn't. Why, they might even say that you're a liar.
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The roll of "Tommy" played by BOBBY DRISCOLL by special arrangement with WALT DISNEY See more »

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Ultraviolence. 1940's style.
28 October 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Late-night tv sometimes throws up some high quality gems. The Window is one of them. And before you go saying ''aww! but this movie is old and in b&w, i bet it's awful!" STOP. Take a step back. This movie is excellent.

9 year old Tommy Woodry (Bobby Driscoll) is a lying little git. Always telling lies and making up stories. It's gotten to the point where no-one believes a word he says anymore, not even his own parents.

Tommy's world is about to come crashing down around him after he is witness to a murder in the apartment above his one night. The problem is, Tommy knows the truth, no-one believe's him and to make matters worse the Kellerton family upstairs (the murderer's) find out that Tommy knows what happened and want him silenced.

I swear to god, this movie was so harsh. Harsh in the sense that for a movie thats well over 50 years old now - taken in it's original form without modern day conception - this is one violent movie. One guy gets beaten to near death then is finished off getting stabbed to death with a pair of scissors in front of a kid. The Kellerton's kidnap Tommy and in one scene Joe Kellerton (Paul Stewart) punches the little boy in the face about three times then drugs him with chlorophyl!! Another point to add, this movie is actually banned in Finland! This movie must have genuinely shocked it's original audience when it was first shown back in 1949.

This is a dark movie; very eerie and some scenes mount incredible depths of tension. The acting is superb and the camerawork doubly so.

If your a true movie fan and are happy to watch any movie no matter the age, you'll love this. It's a real treat and i'm glad i caught this one on tv. Special mention goes out to fellow IMDB user Bob The Moo, who supplied me with a VHS edition! Now to track down the DVD...


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