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Sorry Mr. Maltin,
but I must take issue with your assessment of this exceptional film noir. "Sleeper film less impressive now than in 1949; still good..." I would suggest that it is even more impressive as we are so very lucky to witness the brilliance of its star Bobby Driscoll at such a young age. If only he had been allowed to mature into the greatness his performance in this movie foreshadowed. It is definitely much more than "...still good"
A Gem of a Movie
- Aled Cymro
This movie is a gem. The acting by Bobby Driscoll is amazing for a 9 year old. The black and white photography is merits a prize with great use of light and shade. The story starts being suspenseful almost from the word go and gathers more heart-stopping moments as it proceeds to the almost unbearable final moments. The camera loves Driscoll's face as it goes from excitement to shame and penance and from there to fear, culminating in absolute terror. Driscoll obviously has the best part, makes the most of it and acts the rest of the cast under the table. He lost his way in life and died at about 31 and came to an ignominious end. That was a terrible shame. I would rate this movie at 4.5 out of 5
The 2-Way Window
It's kind of a paradox: the boy in the movie received the parental attention given to a pet within a post-war urban setting when social problems were ascending to vogue status while WWII adults struggled to figure out life having survived international annihilation and yet, in order to achieve credibility, the boy succeeds in his mission to out wit & out live the murderers whose crime he witnessed; in the real life of movie studios -Disney in particular- the actor was handled as a pampered pet only to be forsakened when the disfigurement of acne claimed his face marking the start of his discredibility & decline by the needle to the death!
You Were One Of The Greats, Bobby!
- Raymond Banacki
Such a tragedy, Bobby Driscoll was one of the great child actors - you couldn't see him in a film and then not fondly remember his performance - he is buried in an unmarked pauper's grave in Potter's Field on Hart Island (New York City).
a true hollywood tragedy
- don letta
It's a bitter irony that Bobby Driscoll's dead body was discovered in an abandoned tenement much like the one from which he was saved in the film.
Caught this by accident while channel surfing during a commercial, and watched it instead of the news because it was that good. Some of the acting was a little over the top, but Bobby Driscoll. who played the small boy, was wonderful. Worth watching just for the cultural differences between 1949 and today. I doubt that the police and parents of a child would be as dismissive today as they were in 1949 when a child swears he witnessed a murder, even if he previously fibbed about some things. I'm also pretty sure the police today wouldn't go to someone's home under the pretense of being a contractor, to gain entry to investigate whether there is physical evidence of a murder. I know people today wouldn't leave a small boy home alone, nor lock them in their bedroom after nailing shut the windows so they couldn't leave. Also, they don't exactly show what the bad guys did to render Tommy semi-conscious, which I'm sure would have violated the Code in 1949. Today, they'd show something graphic probably to the point of being sickening. Also, I don't think the police today would just let some adults take a child away in a car without doing some checking. Also, I don't think a mother today would insist on leaving her small son home alone while she went to help an ailing sister, especially knowing he was frightened and believed the neighbors might hurt him and when begs her to go along. Barbara Hale (Della Street of "Perry Mason") plays the mother. The story is still intriguing and this film is worth seeing.
Caught "The Window" and I'm glad I did....
- Troy Leong
I caught this movie on TCM one night a month or so ago and now it's one of my favorites. I love noir....and this film has it. I read that the movie was done on a shoestring budget....if it was it sure didn't look like it. I do enjoy watching movies that features New York City...in the olden days. You get to see what that fantastic city looked like. The way it was filmed was very gritty.....and also made the movie quite atmospheric. The little kid Bobby Driscoll was an AWESOME actor...from the middle til the end....I was on the edge of my seat. If you ever see this is going to be on tv....watch it....you'll be glad you did!!!!!!!!
The Window- Worth Watching
I didn't expect this movie to be great but gave it a chance.It was suspenseful and engaging. I love a mystery. Good movie !
The Window (1949)
- James Higgins
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.
- Robert Padden
This movie is one of my favorite picks. I usually watch it again and again.
- Ed H
I remember seeing this movie in 1970 at my school. It was very suspenseful and shrieked when the killer was after him. Please release on DVD I will enjoy it again.
I WAS THERE WHEN THIS MOVIE WAS MADE
- john hernandez
IT FUNNY HOW THE BOY WENT FROM 105 ST. TO 103 ST. FROM ONE ROOF TO ANOTHER.
A good mystery suspense
- Linda J
I remember this film from so many years ago. My husband and I enjoy suspense movies such as this one. Please release it on DVD.Many thanks for the opportunity to voice my opinion.
An Excellent Suspense Film
Using the boy that cried wolf theme, THE WINDOW(1949),RKO films,is an excellent suspense film. Juvenile actor,Bobby Driscoll, gives a realistic performance, as does the entire cast. Well directed. The script is well written, although there are a few times at the beginning when it drags.
Bobby Driscoll's movies should be released on DVD.
HAD TO GO TO WORK....AND MISSED THE BEST PART!!!!
- BETH CONFER
Please put the movie on one more time...I had to go to work and missed the ending.it was great!!
ALWAYS LOVED IT!!
- Joe Andolina
What is it with certain movies very rarely being seen or never released on video or DVD. Especially if it is as good as "The Window"!!! I used to watch it everytime it came on TV back in the '60's, and made sure to record it onto VHS back when. My rergret is not recording it at the SP speed for quality. Would love to own a remastered DVD or even VHS. There are classics, then there are CLASSICS. The Window is a classic film in the truest sence. It still holds up well over the years. Please TCM, do not deprive others of seeing this film, put it on your list to be shown more than once or twice!!!
Bring the Window back
- Vickie Dawley
This is a great movie with much suspense. Please show it soon and not in the middle of the night where no one can see it. It is worthy.
- Joe Fritz
I have fond memories as a child watching this movie, I remember being riveted to the edge of my seat as Tommy is chased throughout the film. When can we see it again?
"THE WINDOW" Deserves Open Viewing
- Gary D. Warner
It's a wonder as to why this outstanding classic seems to be hidden from view in recent years. The absorbing, suspenseful story boasts excellent performances by a splendid cast featuring Barbara Hale of Perry Mason fame; and Bobby Driscoll's reputation precedes him as one of the finest ever child actors.The plot is a creative twist on the concept of "The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf." Tommy Woodry is a lad known for telling tall tales. His lack of credibility bedevils him after he secretly witnesses a murder.Most worthy fare for TCM programming and video release!