A boy who always lies witnesses a murder but can't get anyone but the killer to believe him.
Imagine if Jimmy Stewart's role in Rear Window were played by a young boy. Now wipe that episode of The Simpsons that uses that exact premise from your mind. Now you've got the basic set-up for The Window.
A young boy named Tommy decides one night to sleep out on his apartment building's fire escape because of it's cooler outside than in his room, and ends up witnessing a murder perpetrated by his family's upstairs neighbors. He attempts to tell his parents and, failing that, the police, but Tommy has such a rampant past of telling tall tales that no one believes him. As word gets back to the couple who live upstairs that Tommy's spreading the word about their…
The Window's a stylish, exciting and claustrophobic little thriller. Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale, both in excellent form, act circles around Bobby Driscoll. Discroll's Oscar for juvenile acting for this is unnecessary since he's giving as labored a performance as you'd expect from most child actors. Considering how compact and tense this is, the Oscar nod for Film Editing is deserved.
I bought The Window on a whim. The name Bobby Driscoll rang a bell and it sounded interesting, the biggest shame about the film is that it is all so predictable.
This is pretty much laid out there from the offset in so much as it begins with a title screen telling you the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a story that the film pretty much follows the model of. This is not to say that the film is without charm, Bobby Driscoll is very good as the young lad nobody believes after he witnesses a murder, I must also say that the final act of the film is very good indeed, creating a fair amount of tension…
A uniquely committed spin on 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf,' turning the parable into an exquisitely simple thriller and exploring not just the terror but the *shame* of the nightmare scenario where you're clearly right about something vitally important but no one will believe you. Famously similar to REAR WINDOW (which was based on a different Cornel Woolrich story), and while this is more straightforward and unadorned than anything Hitchcock would have spent time on, it's at least as scary, frankly; see, e.g., Ruth Roman finally showing up at the kid's window with a flashlight. Shame about the climactic fifteen minutes of running around, and it was probably too much to expect an appropriately grim ending -- my dream version of this movie would have had Tommy falling off the beam to his death, no longer trusting the adults enough to leap into the trampoline, but no such luck, obviously. Still great.
Tommy, a young boy sees a murder committed, but, regarded by his parents and the police as the 'boy who cried wolf', isn't believed. This was really rather exciting, and because it was filmed from the viewpoint of the boy I think would have really scared me as a child. Bobby Driscoll who played Tommy was very good in his role, and it is sad to read the story of his real life.
A "boy who cried wolf" tale based on a Cornell Woolrich short story, with Disney star Bobby Driscoll (soon to be the voice of Peter Pan). Tommy is a kid who likes to tell tall tales, and his lies are well-known enough that, when he spies a murder through the window of his upstairs neighbor, no one believes him. This efficiently paced thriller makes the most of the scenario, with Tommy digging himself deeper the more people he tells. The climactic chase scene in intense, with a great use of space by director Ted Tetzlaff. Driscoll and the rest of the cast are strong, and The Window stands as a testament of how a good storyteller can do a lot with very little.
The “burn-on-demand” service now offered by many of the major studios has put thousands of previously (legally) unavailable titles into the hands and onto the screens of film fans. Most likely in an effort to offset some of the money lost to piracy, the vast war chests have been torn open. One such film to be unearthed by Warner as part of their Archive Collection is the 1949 noir ‘The Window.’ Directed by Ted Tetzlaff, cinematographer on Notorious, My Man Godfrey, Road to Zanzibar…, The Window is a simple tale of a crime in the city. Tommy boy regularly cries wolf, Tommy boy sees something really bad happen and then Tommy boy steps into a world of hurt. The Window…