Window

The Window

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Director: Ted Tetzlaff

Cast: Barbara Hale, Bobby Driscoll, Arthur Kennedy

     
 

Widely regarded as a "model" B-movie thriller, The Window stars Bobby Driscoll as a young boy prone to fibs. Thus, no one believes him when he claims to have seen a murder in a neighboring apartment. No one, that is, except the killers (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman). Realizing he won't get any help from his parents (Barbara Hale and Arthur Kennedy) or the law,…  See more details below

Overview

Widely regarded as a "model" B-movie thriller, The Window stars Bobby Driscoll as a young boy prone to fibs. Thus, no one believes him when he claims to have seen a murder in a neighboring apartment. No one, that is, except the killers (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman). Realizing he won't get any help from his parents (Barbara Hale and Arthur Kennedy) or the law, the boy must figure out a way to save himself from being shut up permanently by the murderers. The film's hair-rising and oft-imitated climax, which takes place in a rotting abandoned tenement, has lost none of its edge over the past five decades. A much-needed hit for financially strapped RKO Radio Pictures, The Window was remade in 1960 as The Boy Cried Murder.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's no fat on The Window, a super-duper thriller that deservedly was voted "Best Mystery of the Year" by the Mystery Writers of America. Window is a taut and terrifying variation on the "boy who cried wolf" story that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats for the entire final half hour of its 73-minute running time. Credit certainly goes to Mel Dinelli's streamlined screenplay, which takes just enough time setting up its characters and situation before pushing the throttle into high gear for the kicks and action. But even more credit should be bestowed on director Ted Tetzlaff, who clearly learned from his work as a cinematographer for Alfred Hitchcock (among others). Teztlaff knows how to get the maximum voltage from every twist and turn, but he also knows how to highlight telling characteristics, as well as the importance of setting and atmosphere. Working with cinematographer William Steiner, Jr., he creates a claustrophobic, heat-ravaged world that is every bit as important as the human characters. Those characters are very well played by adults like Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale, but it's young Bobby Driscoll who simply amazes. His is a first rate performance, one of the most perfectly honed of any juvenile performer; there are no false notes, no missteps, no cutesiness. It's a gripping performance in a gripping film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2010
UPC:
0883316299845
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:13:00
Sales rank:
4,486

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Hale Mrs. Woodry
Bobby Driscoll Tommy Woodry
Arthur Kennedy Mr. Woodry
Paul Stewart Mr. Joe Kellerton
Ruth Roman Mrs. Kellerton
Anthony Ross Ross
Richard Benedict Drunken Seaman
Jim Nolan Stranger on Street
Lee Phelps Police Officer
Charles Flynn Police Officer
Carl Faulkner Police Officer
Carl Saxe Police Officer
Tex Swan Milkman
Tom Aheame Actor
Ken Terrell Man
Budd Fine Police Officer
Edgar Small Actor

Technical Credits
Ted Tetzlaff Director
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Corso Art Director
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Mel Dinelli Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Terry Kellum Sound/Sound Designer
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Dore Schary Producer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
William Steiner Cinematographer
Frederic Ullman Producer
Roy Webb Score Composer
A. Earl Wolcott Sound/Sound Designer

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