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Fourteen Hours
     

Fourteen Hours

Director: Henry Hathaway, Richard Basehart, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes

Cast: Henry Hathaway, Richard Basehart, Paul Douglas, Barbara Bel Geddes

 
Henry Hathaway directed this high-tension drama about a man teetering on the verge of self-destruction and how his dilemma affects those around him. Robert Cosick (Richard Basehart) is a desperate and despondent young man who has never gotten along with his parents (Robert Keith and Agnes Moorehead) and believes his girlfriend Virginia (Barbara Bel Geddes) no longer

Overview

Henry Hathaway directed this high-tension drama about a man teetering on the verge of self-destruction and how his dilemma affects those around him. Robert Cosick (Richard Basehart) is a desperate and despondent young man who has never gotten along with his parents (Robert Keith and Agnes Moorehead) and believes his girlfriend Virginia (Barbara Bel Geddes) no longer loves him. Cosick creeps onto the ledge of a skyscraper in downtown New York and threatens to jump; for the next 14 hours, Dunnigan (Paul Douglas), a policeman who was passing by, tries to talk him down, searching for a way to convince him that life is worth living. A crowd forms on the street below as Dunnigan talks with Cosick; Danny (Jeffrey Hunter) and Ruth (Debra Paget) meet as they watch the grim spectacle and discover how much they have in common. Meanwhile, in a building across the street, a young woman about to sign her divorce papers (Grace Kelly) finds herself wondering if she should give up on her marriage so hastily as she watches Cosick debate about throwing away his life. Fourteen Hours marked Grace Kelly's screen debut; Ossie Davis and Brian Keith also appear in small roles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
This exceptional and mostly forgotten drama about a man on a ledge threatening to jump has several stories encircling the main conflict Irish beat cop, Dunnigan (Paul Douglas), attempting to talk down the jumper, Robert Cosick (Richard Basehart). Douglas is excellent with a genuine warmth to his character that moves Robert to talk with him and consider coming down. Basehart has a tough role and isn't up to it, coming off as so depressed and out of it that he fumbles through his lines. His character isn't nearly as strong or as interesting as Douglas'. Robert's mom Agnes Moorehead and dad Robert Keith show up and add to his misery, as the police make many varied and unsuccessful attempts at grabbing him and talking him down. Grace Kelly, in her first film, appears in a very tiny role as one of the spectacle's many witnesses, which range from a bunch of disgruntled taxi drivers stuck in traffic to a young couple that falls for each other to a crazy pseudo-priest. Fourteen Hours is a compelling story stolen from the headlines of the time and skillfully directed by Henry Hathaway.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0024543263630
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Film Noir historian Foster Hirsch; Interactive pressbook gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Basehart Robert Cosick
Paul Douglas Dunnigan
Barbara Bel Geddes Virginia
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Cosick
Debra Paget Ruth
Robert Keith Mr. Cosick
Grace Kelly Mrs. Fuller
Howard Da Silva Lieutenant Moskar
Jeffrey Hunter Danny
Martin Gabel Dr. Strauss
Frank Faylen Walter
Jeff Corey Sgt. Farley
James Millican Sgt. Boyle
Don Randolph Dr. Benson
Willard Waterman Mr. Harris
Ken Harvey Police Operator
George MacQuarrie Evangelist
Ann Morrison Mrs. Dunnigan
Forbes Murray Police Commissioner
George Putnam Radio Announcer [uncredited]
Michael Fitzmaurice TV Announcer
Russell Hicks Regan
George Baxter Attorney
David Burns Actor
Ossie Davis Actor
Brad Dexter Actor
Harvey Lembeck Cab Driver
Shepard Menken Reporter
Lou Polan Cab Driver
Henry Slate Actor
Joyce Van Patten Barbara
Jane Darwell Actor
Brian Keith Extra
Silvio Minciotti Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Leland Fuller Art Director
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
John Paxton Screenwriter
Joel Sayre Original Story
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fourteen Hours
1. Main Titles [:14]
2. A Jumper at The Rodney Hotel [1:13]
3. A St. Patrick's Day Diversion [4:16]
4. Who Is This Guy? [3:32]
5. The Watchers [1:49]
6. Word's Eye View [1:35]
7. Dunnigan's Advantage [5:04]
8. Dunnigan's Mistake [4:07]
9. Betting on a Life [3:26]
10. A Mother's Pleadings [5:52]
11. Dad [1:53]
12. His Father's Story [2:42]
13. Had It Not Been for This... [1:20]
14. Who's Virginia? [4:06]
15. Just Between Us [:11]
16. Tell Him You Love Him [3:24]
17. Bad Bets and Good Luck [3:34]
18. Ten Good Reasons [2:55]
19. He Wants to Live! [1:51]
20. Let's Go Home [:03]

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