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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.

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

Complete credited cast:
... Mary Woodry
... Ed Woodry
... Joe Kellerson
... Jean Kellerson
... 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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You'll tremble with excitement as you FEEL the peril when NOT EVEN THE POLICE WILL HELP THIS BOY MARKED FOR MURDER...because nobody but the killers believes he was the only witness to their 'perfect crime'! See more »


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May 1949 (USA)  »

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The Boy Cried Murder  »

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$210,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Richard Franklin wanted to do a "thriller for kids" in 1984 and intended to do a remake of The Window (1949), based on Cornell Woolrich's short story "The Boy Cried Murder", which Universal had acquired the rights to. However, the writers morphed the story into what became Cloak & Dagger (1984). See more »

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When Tommy is running away from the couple in the abandoned part of the building, he accidentally finds the sailor's body. When he does this, the sailor's legs move. 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 ...
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The roll of "Tommy" played by BOBBY DRISCOLL by special arrangement with WALT DISNEY See more »

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Neo-Realism Meets Noir
16 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

A little boy learns the value of truth-telling in white-knuckle, claustrophobic fashion— a memorably done movie in all departments. No need to dwell here on the consensus strong points.

Seeing this taut little thriller in a small western town when I was 10 not only scared the heck out of me, but influenced my perception of urban life for years to come. Seeing the film again 60 years later, I'm impressed with producer Dore Schary's insistence on the grimness of the tenements, at least by later suburban standards. There's no attempt to glamorize or even varnish the family's dingy, cramped flat. Whether on NY location or on an RKO sound stage, the lighting remains dark and oppressive. Of course, that not only heightens the noirish atmosphere, but also lends an uncommon degree of realism to the family's working- class environment. After all, Dad works the nightshift, while Mom helps with the extended family, leaving little Tommy home alone. And that, I believe, amounts to more than just a handy plot device. And get a load of the on-location ruins where the kids play at the beginning—looks like something out of post-war Europe. No wonder MGM went after Schary in an effort to become more socially relevant in post-Andy Hardy America. There may be a lot of Hollywood in the melodrama itself, but the look and feel is definitely not Hollywood of the time. What a fine little film that's still edge-of-the-seat excitement. And, if I recall correctly, I was an especially good little boy for a long time afterward.


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