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The Shadow on the Window (1957)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  6 March 1957 (USA)
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Three teenagers, led by psychopathic Jess Reber, break into an isolated farmhouse and murder its prosperous owner whose secretary, Linda Atlas, witnesses the crime. The three thugs decide ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Detective Sgt. Tony Atlas (as Phil Carey)
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Linda Atlas
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Jess Reber (as John Barrymore Jr.)
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Gil Ramsey
Gerald Sarracini ...
Joey Gomez
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Petey Atlas
Sam Gilman ...
Sgt. Paul Denke
Rusty Lane ...
Capt. McQuade
Ainslie Pryor ...
Dr. Hodges
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Bigelow
William Leslie ...
Stuart
Doreen Woodbury ...
Molly
Ellie Kent ...
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Three teenagers, led by psychopathic Jess Reber, break into an isolated farmhouse and murder its prosperous owner whose secretary, Linda Atlas, witnesses the crime. The three thugs decide to hold her hostage. Detective Tony Atlas, perplexed by the sudden disappearance of Betty, his estranged wife, tries desperately to locate her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 March 1957 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Leave it to Beaver
1 September 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film has the feel of a TV drama made into a B film. Saw it on cable recently as a curiosity since a young Jerry Matthews was in it. The drama, directed by William Asher, was a surprise.

The film is a police drama where a young mother, working as a free lance secretary for a farm owner, gets tangled in a break in that ends badly. Her young son, playing innocently outside watches the whole thing. What young Petey witnesses produce in his little mind a trauma that makes him run from the scene until he is found by two truckers going to market.

The movie was a product of the era in which takes place. Betty Garrett, as Linda, is perfect for the part. Also good was Phillip Carey, an actor that never had great opportunities in films. The scene stealer is Jerry Matthews, who played Beaver in the old series.


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