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Fourteen Hours (1951)

An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

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Police Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan
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Robert Cosick
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Virginia Foster
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Ruth
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Christine Hill Cosick
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Paul E. Cosick
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Deputy Police Chief Moskar (as Howard da Silva)
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Danny Klempner
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Mrs. Louise Ann Fuller
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A young man, morally destroyed by his parents not loving him and by the fear of being not capable to make his girlfriend happy, rises on the ledge of a building with the intention of committing suicide. A policeman makes every effort to argue him out of that. Written by Tiziana Totaro <susannkey@hotmail.com>

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From the edge of the ledge he defied them all! See more »


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20 May 1951 (Argentina)  »

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This film is based on a real life incident which happened July 26, 1938 in New York City. John W. Warde, 26 years of age, leaped seventeen floors to his death from the ledge outside a room in the Hotel Gotham. See more »

Goofs

The taxi drivers make book on when the man will jump. The winner will be the man who has picked the time closest to the jump. When the clocks strike 2:00, the man who has 2:00 says that knocks him out and throws the slip away. But he would not be ruled out until 2:31. See more »

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Robert Cosick: If those cops come near me... I'll jump!
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Referenced in An American in Rome (1954) See more »

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They sure made the most of an incredibly simple plot.
10 January 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

FOURTEEN HOURS begins with Richard Basehart walking onto the ledge outside his hotel room. He's about to jump but can't quite bring himself to do it. A nearby cop (Paul Douglas) looks up and sees him on this ledge on the 15th floor and hurries over to the hotel to try to talk him out of jumping. Soon, his superiors come and relieve him--they'll work on trying to get Basehart down and Douglas simply isn't trained for this sort of thing. However, the so-called experts don't seem to get through to them, so they get Douglas back--after all, he had developed some rapport with the jumper. Soon, a series of family members are brought to help out, though in hindsight his mother (Agnes Moorehead) visiting was probably NOT the best idea. Does he jump or does he chose life? And, why in the first place did he decide to end it all? See for yourself to find out--you won't be sorry you did.

This film has one of the simpler plots I can think of--yet it all seemed to work very well. This is because the film was written so very well and the actors managed to make the most of it--especially Douglas as a sort of "everyman" cop. Taut direction, excellent lighting and a first-class production all around sure helped. Who would have thought such a deceptively ordinary idea could be handled so well?


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