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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 »


Certificate:

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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

The working title was "The Man on the Ledge". The studio changed it after John William Warde's mother requested that it change the title so that the picture would not be as closely identified with her son. Darryl F. Zanuck speculated that they would have to change the film's locale to Chicago or Philadelphia to further distance it from the Warde suicide, but the released film is set in New York. See more »

Goofs

Stock rear projection footage of normally-moving motor traffic while Cosick is on ledge is not consistent with huge traffic jam shown in area surrounding hotel where he is threatening suicide leap. See more »

Quotes

Robert Cosick: Stay away from me... or I'll jump!
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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 At the Movies: Episode #9.1 (2012) See more »

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Yes
11 October 2002 | by watercrakeSee all my reviews

Despite the distinction of being Grace Kelly's first film, (and she is quite good here), this film holds up with the best of the genre. It's one of those films that is incidentally seen by the casual channel surfer and, given five minutes, impossible to turn away from. This film is amazingly innovative in its premise and relies on character, (New York being as important as any other), and story to set the flow and tempo. There are deliciously cunning and unique character moments throughout a film that is, at the same time, full of contrivance and stereotypical sorts. (Do we really need to see another Irish-american policeman being negligent in his duties?). Yet, somehow all the parts equal a very solid whole and a very tense, sharply focussed and surprising film.

If you see this one on late-night tv as you flick through with your remote, be sure to stop and take a look. This one is a definite "yes".


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