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The Window (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | May 1949 (USA)
To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9-year-old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, but no one will believe him.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writers:

Mel Dinelli (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based on a story by: "The Boy Cried Murder")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Hale ... Mary Woodry
Arthur Kennedy ... Ed Woodry
Paul Stewart ... Joe Kellerson
Ruth Roman ... Jean Kellerson
Bobby Driscoll ... Tommy
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Storyline

At the age of 9, Tommy Woodry has a reputation for telling tall tales -- the latest one being that his family is moving from Manhattan to a ranch out west. When the landlord interrupts the Woodrys at dinner to show their about-to-be-vacated apartment, the Woodrys tell Tommy enough is enough. Then that hot summer night Tommy decides to sleep on the fire escape -- outside the Kellerson's apartment, since it is a story higher and gets more breeze. Tommy sees the Kellersons kill a man. Tommy's parents and the police won't believe his story. But the Kellersons want to silence him. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Daringly filmed on New York's Teeming East Side See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Cried Murder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$210,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film opens with the following written quotation from Aesop's Fables: "The boy cried 'wolf' 'wolf' several times and each time the people came to help him they found that there wasn't any 'wolf'." See more »

Goofs

While running down the top flight of stairs to play with the neighbor boys at 04:15, Tommy's breath is visible, and is visible again while he is running to the police station at 25:49 just after he runs past the canopy of 136th. This is consistent with being shot in the late Fall, but is not consistent with being set in the 94 degree heat of summer (04:43). See more »

Quotes

Police Officer: A good lickin' never hurt anybody, boy. My old man used to give me enough of 'em when I was a kid. Hey, still in all, I never thought of callin' the cops when he did.
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The role of "Tommy" played by BOBBY DRISCOLL by special arrangement with WALT DISNEY See more »

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Cry wolf at your peril
21 April 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Young Bobby Driscoll (Tommy) makes up stories to his friends and to his parents. One night, he sleeps on the fire escape outside the apartment of Paul Stewart (Mr Kellerson) and Ruth Roman (Mrs Kellerson) where he witnesses them commit a murder. When he tells his parents Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale about it, they dismiss him. In fact, they punish him. Even the police don't believe him when he reports the murder to them. Poor kid. No-one believes him. It's not long before Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman find out that he knows something and set a plan in motion to silence him.

There are many tense scenes as Driscoll faces his nightmare all alone. The audience shares his fear as the killers have him next on their list. The acting is realistic as is the dialogue. The film also has eerie sections (eg, Ruth Roman outside Driscoll's window with a torch as he hides in his locked room) and dramatic moments (eg, when the killers kidnap Driscoll and put him in the back of a cab and they encounter a policeman). The strategy that Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman use to shut him up during the cab ride is genius. It's very funny and demonstrates perfect teamwork.

Children are usually annoying in films. Not here. A dramatic ending in a disused apartment block adds to the tension. Worth watching again. The way the movie is filmed and the location all add to the experience of a film that is actually quite scary in parts.


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