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Fourteen Hours (1951)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  April 1951 (USA)
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An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.

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Cast

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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
Robert Keith ...
Paul E. Cosick
Howard Da Silva ...
Deputy Police Chief Moskar (as Howard da Silva)
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Danny Klempner
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Dr. Strauss
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Mrs. Louise Ann Fuller
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Room Service Waiter
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Police Sgt. Farley
James Millican ...
Police Sgt. Boyle
Donald Randolph ...
Dr. Benson
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Storyline

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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April 1951 (USA)  »

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14 Hours  »

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Trivia

Two New York City landmarks can be seen in the background in scenes filmed from the ledge: The Woolworth Building and the Old Trinity Church. See more »

Goofs

Stock rear projection footage of normally-moving motor traffic while Cosick is on ledge is not consistent with huge traffic jam shown in area surrounding hotel where he is threatening suicide leap. See more »

Quotes

Walter, room service waiter: Operator!
Hotel Switchboard Operator: Good morning.
Walter, room service waiter: This is the waiter in 1505.
Hotel Switchboard Operator: I'll connect you with room service.
Walter, room service waiter: No, no!
Walter, room service waiter: I don't want a waiter, I am a waiter!
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Referenced in That Girl: Leaving the Nest Is for the Birds (1967) See more »

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Despite flaws, a fine little gem
24 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although this film traffics in some of the worst movie clichés (the good-hearted, potato-nosed Irish-American cop; the conventional--and tacked-on--Happy Ending(tm)), it manages to rise above them, thanks to fine acting, a gripping story, and excellent production values. (You feel teleported to the Manhattan of 1951.) The chemistry between Paul Douglas (as Officer Dunnegan) and an incredibly young Richard Basehart (as the suicidal young man) really drives the film. Basehart plays his part with a combination of brittleness and patrician airs that make his character believable. Douglas thankfully doesn't overplay his role; he has to be father-confessor to the young man while attempting to steer him away from thoughts of self-destruction. Some years after seeing this film, I read the non-fiction article that it is based on in an anthology (the article was originally published in The New Yorker as "The Man on the Ledge"). Let us just say that the ending of the article and the film diverge somewhat.


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