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The Window (1949)

The Window




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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Cornell Woolrich, Mel Dinelli
RKO Radio Pictures


Arthur Kennedy
as Mr. Ed Woodry
Barbara Hale
as Mrs. Mary Woodry
Bobby Driscoll
as Tommy Woodry
Ruth Roman
as Mrs. Jean Kellerson
Paul Stewart
as Mr. Kellerton
Richard Benedict
as Drunken Seaman
Jim Nolan
as Stranger on Street
Lee Phelps
as Police Officer
Eric Mack
as Police Officer
Charles Flynn
as Police Officer
Budd Fine
as Police Officer
Carl Faulkner
as Police Officer
Lloyd Dawson
as Police Officer
Carl Saxe
as Police Officer
Lee Kass
as Reporter
Tex Swan
as Milkman
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Critic Reviews for The Window

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gripping and realistic.

Full Review… | December 27, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 11, 2005

July 14, 2005

December 5, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The Window

I found myself drifting off, but this was probably good for its time. The one thing that really stands out to me is Bobby Driscoll, who was excellent in his role and who I think is one of the finest child actors in the history of film. (First and only viewing - 3/19/2014)


While The Window starts and ends as a light hearted, family values reiteration of Peter and the Wolf, what's found in between is an edge of your seat thriller. Disney loaned Bobby Driscoll is great as the desperate kid left on his own to escape a murderous couple after he has reported witnessing their crime and no one believes him due to his history of dishonesty. The final David and Goliath showdown is particularly thrilling as the boy is chased through a condemned tenement which begins disintegrating around them.

This is a great example of what you can do on a shoestring budget. Bobby Driscoll is very effective as a boy, known for telling tall tales, witnesses a murder. No one of course believes his story now. Terrific cast, impressive atmosphere and Ted Tetzlaff?s direction is taut and precise. The story evolves beautifully and it is short and fast moving. Very convincingly done and suspenseful.

James Higgins

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