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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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Complete credited cast:
Virginia Foster
Christine Hill Cosick
Paul E. Cosick
Deputy Police Chief Moskar (as Howard da Silva)
Danny Klempner
Mrs. Louise Ann Fuller
Police Sgt. Farley
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 <susannkey@hotmail.com>

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


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Release Date:

20 May 1951 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

14 Hours  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Henry Hathaway avoided stasis by cutting between the film ledge and the reaction of the crowd below, and by adroit use of camera angles. See more »


In the opening few minutes: The car and trash can in the opening two shots are no less than 4' different; then in the shot a few moments later, looking down from the hotel room window, the car is about 8 feet from the trash can. See more »


Robert Cosick: You should have ten good reasons for anything. That's a rule!
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #9.1 (2012) See more »

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Pretty Good Little Film
25 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've watched this film a couple of times on the Fox Movie Channel and I really think it's a pretty good little suspense/drama. Richard Basehart plays a man on the edge who decides to try and end it all perched on the ledge of a Manhattan hotel. The first on the scene is traffic cop Paul Douglas who does his best to try and befriend, comfort and hopefully coax the unbalanced man back inside. The performances are all pretty good though some of the dialogue rings a bit hokey at times. I believe this was also Grace Kelly's first film role. Director Henry Hathaway does a pretty good job of wringing out the drama and suspense and gives the film a nice, big city feel using some pretty impressive sets in the foreground and background. All in all, a pretty enjoyable film that I wouldn't mind picking up on DVD, though I don't believe it is currently available.

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