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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.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), Joel Sayre (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Douglas ... Police Officer Charlie Dunnigan
Richard Basehart ... Robert Cosick
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Virginia Foster
Debra Paget ... Ruth
Agnes Moorehead ... Christine Hill Cosick
Robert Keith ... Paul E. Cosick
Howard Da Silva ... Deputy Police Chief Moskar (as Howard da Silva)
Jeffrey Hunter ... Danny Klempner
Martin Gabel ... Dr. Strauss
Grace Kelly ... Mrs. Louise Ann Fuller
Frank Faylen ... Room Service Waiter
Jeff Corey ... Police Sgt. Farley
James Millican ... Police Sgt. Boyle
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Dr. Benson
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Storyline

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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A new element in screen suspense See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1951 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

14 Hours See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is based on a real-life incident which happened July 26, 1938, in New York City. John W. Warde, 26, leaped 17 floors to his death from the ledge outside a room in the Hotel Gotham. See more »

Goofs

The taxi drivers make book on when the man will jump. The winner will be the man who has picked the time closest to the jump. When the clocks strike 2:00, the man who has 2:00 says that knocks him out and throws the slip away. But he would not be ruled out until 2:31. See more »

Quotes

Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan: If I can con him in closer as he reaches for the glass I can grab for him.
Deputy Chief Moskar: He'd yank you, then both of you'd go over.
Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan: Not if somebody hung on to me.
Deputy Chief Moskar: He'd yank us all. I don't mind losing you, but I don't want a whole daisy chain of cops sailing out that window.
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Alternate Versions

Two endings were shot, one in which Richard Basehart dies, one in which he doesn't. Some original prints show the two different endings one right after the other. See more »

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Referenced in An American in Rome (1954) See more »

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A Noir Hamlet
12 June 2008 | by anonymouseusSee all my reviews

It's not about homosexuality, as film historian/commentator Foster Hirsch wants to believe. It's a noir Hamlet: "You're gonna jump, you're not gonna jump...!" "To be or not to be" is paraphrased by both Dunnigan and Dr. Strauss (Martin Gabel), but it's one of the reporters who quotes the play directly, "The lady doth protest too much." (Hirsch himself compares the cabby-scenes to a Shakespearean comic sub-plot.) Finally found John Cassavettes: he even has a small speaking part. He's the reporter "announcing" Mrs. Cosick's arrival at the hotel...on the telephone, to his paper. (The receiver obscures the lower part of his face.) Richard Basehart was in his 30's at the time. I read somewhere that Fellini told him, "If you could do '14 Hours,' you can do anything," explaining why RB was chosen to play "Il Matto" in "La Strada" ... a tight-rope walker.


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