The Window

1949

Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller

60
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 3,408

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Arthur Kennedy as Ed Woodry
Bobby Driscoll as Tommy
Paul Stewart as Joe Kellerson
Ruth Roman as Jean Kellerson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jpdoherty 8 / 10 / 10

Most Convincing Child Performance!

"THE BOY CRIED ' WOLF' 'WOLF' SEVERAL TIMES AND EACH TIME THE PEOPLE CAME TO HELP HIM THEY FOUND THERE WASN'T ANY 'WOLF' ". Aesop's Fables RKO certainly lived up to its reputation as the finest creators of Film Noir with this taut and suspenseful thriller made in 1947. Held back, for some reason, by Howard Hughes until a 1949 release THE WINDOW was based on a story by Cornell Woolrich that became a splendid screenplay by Mel Dinelli. Photographed in stunning crisp Monochrome by William Steiner it was directed with unrivaled regard to tension and impact by Ted Tetzlaff. With no marquee names to speak of and costing a modest sum to produce on the streets of New York's Lower East Side the picture was a great success with both critics and public alike. The story of THE WINDOW concerns a 10 year boy Tommy Woodry (Bobby Driscoll) who just loves to spin yarns and tell tall tales. He lives in a modest apartment with his parents (Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale) in the lower East Side of New York city where his playground is the dilapidated tenements that surround him. One warm night he awakens and because of the heat takes his pillow out on to the fire escape to sleep. Here he witnesses a murder under the window shade of an adjoining apartment. But being the great story teller he is no one will believe him. No one, that is, except the killers themselves (Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman) who now must find a way to silence the boy. From here on the film never lets up. It becomes a white knuckle ride as Tommy tries to escape the killers clutches down alley ways and across the dodgy rooftops of dangerous tenements. The picture ends with one of the killers falling to his death and Tommy being reunited with his parents who finally believe him. Now he makes a solemn promise never to cry 'Wolf' again. Adding greatly to the thrills is the marvellous music score by RKO's Noir composer in residence Roy Webb. With a terrific main theme, heard in its broadest form under the titles, there is also some splendid eerie music for the stalking scenes and exciting action cues for the chase sequences. But there is little doubt that the film is held tightly together and dominated by the outstanding central performance from the ill-fated 10 year old Bobby Driscoll. You simply cannot take your eyes off him. An amazing little actor, it is a great shame he never got to have a full career in film. But it was never to be! Fate had other plans for him. He was to be plagued with bad luck for the rest of his days. First he suffered with severe acne in his teens which halted his film career. Then he was arrested and sent to jail on drugs charges. When he was released his reputation proceeded him and he was unemployable in Hollywood. Later he made a couple of stabs at supporting roles in films of no repute. But he never regained even the slightest spark of his childhood genius. With his career virtually over he became a drug abuser again. In 1968 - and ironically in the same setting as his greatest success in the film THE WINDOW - two children playing found his dead body in a derelict tenement in New York's Lower East Side. He was only 31 years old. It is quite inconceivable that for someone who had demonstrated such a mighty talent should finish up unknown, unclaimed and sadly come to be buried in a pauper's grave on Hart Island.

Reviewed by wingspancd 10 / 10 / 10

Crying Wolf has never been so deadly...or as entertaining!!

While this film noir is listed as unavailable on DVD, I took a chance and purchased a "collector's" DVD copy on ebay, something I didn't condone until I realized that some of these old films will never be released and only exist as public domain property in 16mm prints. That being said, I watched "The Window" on an unlabeled DVD-R copy and was very impressed with the quality of both the audio and video. I've purchased other "legit" releases only to find the packaging far superior in quality to the program. "The Window" features a very plausible plot set in a run down urban neighborhood full of tenements and condemned buildings. A nine-year old boy with a vivid imagination and a reputation for telling tall tales, witnesses a murder by his upstairs neighbors while sleeping on the fire escape one sweltering summer night. After going to his dismissing parents, then to the police without their consent, he is sent on his way into a nightmarish experience. The suspenseful sequences are masterfully paced, and there really isn't a slow moment in the film. I would definitely buy this film if, one day, it's released in commercial packaging. Tense, taut and brilliantly done on the obviously low budget.

Reviewed by theowinthrop 10 / 10 / 10

The Boy Who Cried "Murder!"

The story of the fall of the career of Bobby Driscoll sort of puts a downer effect on all of his films. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Driscoll had a remarkably effective movie career, including the starring role in this classic film noir and roles in TREASURE ISLAND and LONG JOHN SILVER with Robert Newton, and the voice of PETER PAN in the Disney cartoon. His drug addiction and lonely death were a tragic waste of a talented actor. THE WINDOW is one of those unexpected classic films that were made without vast publicity campaigns or expense, with a simple and good cast involved, and a good script. It also has a classic pedigree, going back to the fables of Aesop. It is a variant on the story of the boy that cried wolf. Driscoll plays a lively little boy with a vivid imagination. His parents (Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale) are living in a lower class - working class district in a city. Kennedy has a job that takes him out of the house at night. In fact, this is a film that clings to the night. Driscoll happens to tell a whopper of a lie, and it blows up in his face because it embarrasses his parents. So his reputation for telling the truth has been compromised. While sleeping on the fire estate of his home at night, he faces the apartment of Paul Stewart and his wife Ruth Roman. Stewart has a business associate over at his apartment, gets into a quarrel, and kills the associate. Unfortunately, Driscoll sees this - but equally unfortunate Stewart sees that Driscoll witnessed it. So follows a long, involved cat and mouse game, with Stewart covering up traces of the murder (with Roman's assistance), and at the same time doing everything he can to dismiss Driscoll's claims of the murder as just his silly over-imagination again. As Kennedy and Hale are half-inclined to believe this, they too refuse to listen to Driscoll's arguments. But Stewart is also aware that at some point, somebody might just decide to double check Driscoll's stories, especially if he remains so insistent that he is not lying. So Stewart has to find the right moment to grab this annoying kid, and get rid of the only witness. There are problems though. Driscoll's youth also means he is more energetic and physically adept than Stewart. Also, although Roman is helping her husband she is not really keen about killing a little boy. Finally there is also the fact that, although they strongly doubt Driscoll's story, Kennedy and Hale love their son, and think he's a troubled little boy. Soon Kennedy's actions are gumming up Stewart's planning as well. Besides Driscoll's performance, Stewart gave one of his best villains in the film, being plausible on the surface, but as deadly in intentions as they come. Kennedy's father is a hard working man, struggling for a better life for his family, and tired of his son's tall tales. But at the right moment he does start wondering if he's been just too complacent about his son's "lying". The conclusion is a tense and exciting fight between Stewart and Driscoll in a deserted building. It is a first rate conclusion to this fascinating and scary film which makes us wonder how seriously do we ever take our kids, and in what ways do we show it.

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