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A boy who always lies witnesses a murder but can't get anyone but the killer to believe him.
I'm an absolute sucker for stories about plucky, imaginative kids, and Bobby Driscoll's Tommy is one of the pluckiest, and (unfortunately for him) most imaginative. It's his imagination that gets him into trouble here, since he's an inveterate storyteller who can't get anyone to believe him after he witnesses his upstairs neighbors committing a murder. Comparisons to fellow Woolrich movie Rear Window are inevitable, but they might be counter-productive, since this has an entirely different set of themes than Hitchcock's riff on a similar story. Where LB Jefferies is a brilliantly cynical audience surrogate since he's kind of a piece of shit, Tommy's only crime is he likes to make stuff up, and the viewer doesn't have any complicated emotions…
Adults are full of shit.
Featuring Parents of the Year nominees Barbara Hale and Arthur Kennedy giving little fibber children their just desserts (and by that I mean no desserts...or meals of any kind)
A great little thriller about a boy known for his storytelling who witnesses a murder in his apartment block. The Cornell Woolrich source material isn't the only point of connection to Rear Window as it does a great job of claustrophobia, fear and grounding the whole thing in the physical location of the apartment block and fire escapes during a hot summer.
Bobby Driscoll's lead acting is a little dated of course but to be honest I dread to think what this story would have been like with another 1940s child actor, in fact he manages to dial things down a fair bit and really carry the heart of the story, you feel for him as his every secure connection…
Word to the wise: If you're planning on catching your upstairs neighbors in the act of killing someone, try not to be a nine-year-old boy with a reputation for making up wild stories. That can only lead to trouble.
Review here: craigjclark.livejournal.com/843286.html
Part pre-Rear Window Rear Window and part Boy Who Cried Wolf. Generates a lot of suspense and tension from a simple premise executed well. Driscoll is a strong lead, a kid who, yes, has an annoying voice but nonetheless has some performance chops. I enjoyed his relationship with his parents, as it is quite well-sketched. I also appreciate the script's concision and the way it allows the filmmakers to make the most of limited locations and budget. Maybe, given the fact that the film's lead is a child, you know how things will play out here and subvert noir tropes. In that way, it's almost like a noir shot from the perspective of an outsider, with the couple upstairs as the doomed leads of some other movie we don't get to see.
Sehr schöner und hochspannender Noirklassiker mit Disneykinderstar Bobby Driscoll, dem man nur ein etwas eleganteres und weniger abruptes Ende wünschen würde.
best thriller is old thriller :)
I was impressed with this film. It's quite a well made little movie for its type: well scripted and directed, and especially well acted. Child star Bobby Driscoll plays a little boy living in a New York City apartment building during a sweltering summer, who sees his upstairs neighbors murder someone. He can't get anyone to believe him, because he's become notorious for making up stories. But the killers find out that he knows something, and they come after him.
The actors that play Driscoll's parents are very good, especially Arthur Kennedy, that old pro of a character actor, who makes the working class Joe he's playing here utterly believable. You'll recognize Paul Stewart, the male half of the murdering…
This is a story about a kid who fancied making up stories. And, while The Window is not actually heavy on metaphors, there was something about it that reminded me of the power of childhood fantasies, realised in more poetic movies such as The Night of the Hunter.
In the heat of a fateful night, Tommy Woodry (played by 10-year-old Bobby Driscoll, who was Disney's foremost commodity at the time) becomes witness to a murder perpetrated by a neighbour couple, the Kellersons (played by the Mercury Theatre's Paul Stewart, also in another noir that year, the Kirk Douglas-starring Champion; and the attractive Ruth Roman, who was a love interest in that same film). The ever-dependable Arthur Kennedy (Douglas' brother in…
An overall taut noir full of suspense and all of the usual tropes. What The Window seriously lacks in snappy dialogue or any significant characterization is more than compensated by tight direction, shadowy photography, and good performances. The climax and ending are a little weak but the film as a whole is still pretty watchable.
A boy with a penchant for wild, imaginative stories must convince his parents and the police that he witnessed his neighbors murder a man while sleeping on their fire escape. Bobby Driscoll gives one of those rare Golden Age Hollywood performances where he comes off as neither perfect-little-angel-child nor spoiled brat. Driscoll and director and legendary cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff's work is touching and inviting. Driscoll does have some scenes that come off as a bit grating - the scene where he talks to detectives at his local precinct grows annoying quickly with its quick speech and obvious attempts at confusion. But, for the most part, Driscoll does a good job. His Juvenile Oscar win was not a poor choice (I'm…
A young boy who is prone to lying and making up stories witnesses a murder by their neighbors but neither the police nor his parents believe him. This is the better Alfred Hitchcock film of 1949 and it's not even directed by him. In many ways, it is simply a solid thriller/film noir, no more, no less but done extremely well. Bobby Driscoll is terrific as the young boy who cried wolf. You understand why people are frustrated by him but at the same time he's sympathetic and you root for him. The film will is absolutely gripping. The climax in particular was a real nail-biter. It's a terrific film, a definite must-see.
A classic film noir, with a twist. The poor innocent schlub caught up in belly of criminal undertakings is an 11 year old boy. With a penchant for making up elaborate stories (he gets in trouble for his parents’ landlord trying to rent out their place after overhearing that the family will be moving out to Arizona on a ranch….but I think that’s on the landlord), Tommy is the classic boy who cried wolf (as the opening title card ham fistedly lets us know). When he actually does witness a murder, no one will believe him, and in fact puts him in even greater danger.
The performances are all very good, and the characters expertly drawn. You can really sympathize…
Bill Georgaris of TSPDT has finally decided to start updating his film noir page. This means the old version of…
From his book Essential Cinema.
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