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.



(screenplay), (based on a story by: "The Boy Cried Murder")

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Complete credited cast:
Joe Kellerson
Mrs. Jean Kellerson


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 <>

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You'll tremble with excitement as you FEEL the peril when NOT EVEN THE POLICE WILL HELP THIS BOY MARKED FOR MURDER... because nobody but the killers believes he was the only witness to the 'perfect crime' See more »


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Release Date:

21 July 1949 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Boy Cried Murder  »

Box Office


$210,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


When Tommy is running away from the couple in the abandoned part of the building, he accidentally finds the sailor's body. When he does this, the sailor's legs move. See more »


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 »


Referenced in One Hour in Wonderland (1950) See more »

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Top flight film noir
4 January 2004 | by (Peabody, MA, USA) – See all my reviews

While 1949s "The Window" may not be a noir classic many have heard about I strongly recommend seeing it if you can find it. (It is occasionally on TCM, but it is not currently available on DVD or VHS.)

The film stars child protege Bobby Driscoll ("Song's of the South" "Peter Pan") as a young boy who is living the Aesopian nightmare of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." His parents are portrayed the ever capable Arthur Kennedy ("Champion" "High Sierra") and Barbara Hale ("Perry Mason.") After the boy witnesses a murder his parents and the foolish police department refuse to beleive him until it is almost too late.

The murderers are also well-played by veterans Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman (who also were in 1949s "Champion" with Arthur Kennedy and Kirk Douglas.) The husband and wife would have gotten away with murder if at not been for the young boy, . The ensuing chase and scary finale are very well done. The police in this movie were so ignorant you would wonder if they did not inspire the moron cop, Officer Barbrady on "South Park."

This fine film was actually considered to be a throwaway "B" movie. It turned out to be quite popular even though it only runs for 73 minutes. The young actor, Bobby Driscoll received a special Oscar for his work in 1949 but soon found his acting career drying up as he aged and his life ended tragically from drug related issues in 1968 at the age of 31.

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