Up 9,165 this week

Fourteen Hours (1951)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,235 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 11 critic

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



(screenplay), (story)
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 20 Oct 2010
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
a list of 384 titles
created 01 Sep 2011
a list of 22 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Mar 2013

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Fourteen Hours (1951)

Fourteen Hours (1951) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fourteen Hours.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Police Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan
Robert Cosick
Virginia Foster
Christine Hill Cosick
Robert Keith ...
Paul E. Cosick
Howard Da Silva ...
Deputy Police Chief Moskar (as Howard da Silva)
Danny Klempner
Dr. Strauss
Mrs. Louise Ann Fuller
Room Service Waiter
Police Sgt. Farley
James Millican ...
Police Sgt. Boyle
Donald Randolph ...
Dr. Benson


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

ledge | suicide | police | reporter | policeman | See more »


A new element in screen suspense See more »


TV-PG | See all certifications »




Release Date:

April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

14 Hours  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 23, 1953 with Paul Douglas reprising his film role. See more »


The middle-aged priest climbs 15 flights of stairs, and is not the least bit out of breath. See more »


Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan: [Phoning to police headquarters] Dunnigan, Traffic "A."
Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan: There's a jumper on the ledge... Hotel Rodney!
See more »


Referenced in The Making of 'High Noon' (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

A Noir Hamlet
12 June 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It's not about homosexuality, as film historian/commentator Foster Hirsch wants to believe. It's a noir Hamlet: "You're gonna jump, you're not gonna jump...!" "To be or not to be" is paraphrased by both Dunnigan and Dr. Strauss (Martin Gabel), but it's one of the reporters who quotes the play directly, "The lady doth protest too much." (Hirsch himself compares the cabby-scenes to a Shakespearean comic sub-plot.) Finally found John Cassavettes: he even has a small speaking part. He's the reporter "announcing" Mrs. Cosick's arrival at the hotel...on the telephone, to his paper. (The receiver obscures the lower part of his face.) Richard Basehart was in his 30's at the time. I read somewhere that Fellini told him, "If you could do '14 Hours,' you can do anything," explaining why RB was chosen to play "Il Matto" in "La Strada" ... a tight-rope walker.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Richard Basehart catwoman36
Which one is Brian Keith? mmmjvpssm
Agnes Moorehead Question mamaleh483
What Town? cpf1121
Which one was John Cassavetes? catwoman36
Jack Weston in this?? mack-29
Discuss Fourteen Hours (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: