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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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Storyline

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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st the killers because nobody believed his story!"; ; "was a nightmare... But the child kept right on crying: 'I saw them... I saw them!"; "Nobody... Nobody but the killers! And now, because he knows too much... His life is in danger!"; "HE SAW IT ...HAPPEN... but no one would believe him!"; "Based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich"; this is one of the best "little" movies of the 1940s; a small boy witnesses a murder through a window in his neighbor's apartment, but no one believes him, except, of course, for the murderers! See more »


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21 July 1949 (Mexico)  »

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The Boy Cried Murder  »

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$210,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Richard Franklin wanted to do a "thriller for kids" in 1984 and intended to do a remake of "The Window," which Universal had acquired the rights to. However, the writers soon morphed the story into what became Cloak & Dagger (1984). 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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Crazy Credits

The roll of "Tommy" played by BOBBY DRISCOLL by special arrangement with WALT DISNEY See more »

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Crying Wolf has never been so deadly...or as entertaining!!
27 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this film noir is listed as unavailable on DVD, I took a chance and purchased a "collector's" DVD copy on ebay, something I didn't condone until I realized that some of these old films will never be released and only exist as public domain property in 16mm prints. That being said, I watched "The Window" on an unlabeled DVD-R copy and was very impressed with the quality of both the audio and video. I've purchased other "legit" releases only to find the packaging far superior in quality to the program. "The Window" features a very plausible plot set in a run down urban neighborhood full of tenements and condemned buildings. A nine-year old boy with a vivid imagination and a reputation for telling tall tales, witnesses a murder by his upstairs neighbors while sleeping on the fire escape one sweltering summer night. After going to his dismissing parents, then to the police without their consent, he is sent on his way into a nightmarish experience. The suspenseful sequences are masterfully paced, and there really isn't a slow moment in the film. I would definitely buy this film if, one day, it's released in commercial packaging. Tense, taut and brilliantly done on the obviously low budget.


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