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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Nothing ever thrilled you like the thrill you'll see in THE WINDOW See more »


Certificate:

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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

Joe Kellerson: Hello, Tommy. Now you be quiet if you don't wanna get hurt. What's the matter with you, Tommy? Don't you like me? Have I ever done anything to you?
Tommy: [shakes his head]
Joe Kellerson: What are you running around telling stories for?
Tommy: They're not stories.
Joe Kellerson: No? Well, maybe if you told me what they were, I could explain. I don't want you thinking these terrible things. What is it you think I did?
Tommy: You know what you did.
Joe Kellerson: But I don't. I don't know what you're talking about. Now, come on, Tommy, let's be fair. You can't accuse...
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Crazy Credits

The role of "Tommy" played by BOBBY DRISCOLL by special arrangement with WALT DISNEY See more »

Connections

Referenced in One Hour in Wonderland (1950) See more »

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Claustrophobic thriller
1 March 2000 | by JulieKelleher57See all my reviews

The claustrophobic cinematography makes this film. You feel cramped and trapped as does our young hero. The tenements are lit just enough for you to imaging all sorts of horrors within. The ending was evidently rushed and a bit hokey; the director et al. could have fleshed it out a bit more

This is a very real film, in that we all know children who 'fabricate' as easily as they breath. Bobby Driscoll was superb. I've never seen his Disney work -- now I'll keep my eye out for his name.

I loved seeing a younger Arthur Kennedy (before he played only drunks) and a plain but always pretty Barbara Hale (pre-Perry Mason). Both were excellent and demonstrated a range I never gave them credit for.


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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