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The Shadow on the Window (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 March 1957 (USA)
Three young thugs rob a farmhouse, kill the owner and take his stenographer hostage but the woman's estranged husband, a police detective, starts investigating her disappearance.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

David P. Harmon (screenplay), John Hawkins (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Philip Carey ... Detective Sgt. Tony Atlas (as Phil Carey)
Betty Garrett ... Linda Atlas
John Drew Barrymore ... Jess Reber (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Corey Allen ... Gil Ramsey
Gerald Sarracini Gerald Sarracini ... Joey Gomez
Jerry Mathers ... Petey Atlas
Sam Gilman ... Sgt. Paul Denke
Rusty Lane ... Capt. McQuade
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Dr. Hodges
Paul Picerni ... Bigelow
William Leslie ... Stuart
Doreen Woodbury Doreen Woodbury ... Molly
Ellie Kent Ellie Kent ... Girl
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Three teenagers, led by psychopathic Jess Reber, break into an isolated farmhouse and murder its prosperous owner whose secretary, Linda Atlas, witnesses the crime. The three thugs decide to hold her hostage. Detective Tony Atlas, perplexed by the sudden disappearance of Betty, his estranged wife, tries desperately to locate her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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your eyes will open wide... at the terrifying things that happen in that room!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Missing Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (Encore-Mystery Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Blake Edwards was originally signed to direct. See more »

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B-film is a time waster that loses whatever potential it had...
28 May 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SHADOW ON THE WINDOW starts out promisingly enough with JERRY MATHER witnessing a violent crime through a window, but then starts to sag as the police try to pry information from the dazed boy.

The male lead is detective PHILIP CAREY who gives such an indifferent performance when he learns his ex-wife is being held captive by some thugs that he fails to give the rest of the story any real sense of urgency. Nor does BETTY GARRET as the captured secretary who has to contend with three foolish young thugs, one of whom is played by JOHN BARRYMORE, JR. Unofortunately, all of the capture scenes are played with low-key intensity and suffer from a poor script.

What should have been a gripping police drama involving thugs and a victimized little boy and woman victim, is a tepid, almost amateurish attempt at suspense that produces more yawns than thrills.

Trivia note: Best performance among the thugs comes from COREY ALLEN, who played "Buzz" in the James Dean flick, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. His chase scene provides the only real tense moments in the film.


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