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Mel Dinelli (screenplay)
Cornell Woolrich (based on a story by: "The Boy Cried Murder")
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Release Date:
21 July 1949 (Mexico) See more »
Thrills and Chills! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Top flight film noir See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Hale ... Mrs. Mary Woodry

Arthur Kennedy ... Ed Woodry

Paul Stewart ... Joe Kellerson

Ruth Roman ... Mrs. Jean Kellerson

Bobby Driscoll ... Tommy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Ahearne ... (uncredited)
Richard Benedict ... Drunken Seaman (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Cop Carrying Stretcher (uncredited)
Lloyd Dawson ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Observer at Scene (uncredited)
Carl Faulkner ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Lee Kass ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eric Mack ... Police Officer (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Stranger on Street (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Anthony Ross ... Ross (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Edgar Small ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Tex Swan ... Milkman (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Tetzlaff 
Writing credits
Mel Dinelli (screenplay)

Cornell Woolrich (based on a story by: "The Boy Cried Murder")

Produced by
Frederic Ullman Jr. .... producer
Dore Schary .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse 
William O. Steiner  (as William Steiner)
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
Art Direction by
Sam Corso 
Albert S. D'Agostino  (as Albert D'Agostino)
Walter E. Keller 
Set Decoration by
Harley Miller 
Darrell Silvera 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Ruby Felker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gene Roemer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dore Schary .... executive in charge of production
Walter Daniels .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director
Earl Harper .... assistant director
Sal Scoppa Jr. .... assistant director
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Carl Saxe .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
S.H. Barton .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred Bentley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mike Graves .... grip (uncredited)
Ollie Sigurdson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Williams .... grip (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Walt Disney .... special arrangement: Bobby Driscoll role of "Tommy"
Gertrude Bank .... stand-in: Barbara Hale (uncredited)
Bill Shanks .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1950) | Finland:(Banned) (1949) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #12861) | West Germany:16

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Joe Kellerson:Hello, Tommy. Now you be quiet if you don't wanna get hurt. What's the matter, have I ever done anything to you?
Tommy Woodry:[shakes his head]
Joe Kellerson:What are you runnin' around tellin' stories for?
Tommy Woodry:They're not stories!
Joe Kellerson:No? Well, maybe if you tell me what they are, I can explain. I don't want you thinkin' these terrible things. What is it you think I did?
Tommy Woodry:You know what you did!
Joe Kellerson:But I don't. I don't know what you're talkin' about. Now, c'mon, Tommy, let's be fair. You can't accuse me of something and not tell me what it is.
Tommy Woodry:You killed somebody!
Joe Kellerson:Oh, come on, Tommy. You don't really believe that, do ya?
Tommy Woodry:I was on the fire escape! I saw ya!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in One Hour in Wonderland (1950) (TV)See more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Top flight film noir, 4 January 2004
Author: sapblatt from Peabody, MA, USA

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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