At the age of 9, Tommy Woodry has a reputation for telling tall tales — the latest one being that his family is moving from Manhattan to a ranch out west. When the landlord interrupts the Woodrys at dinner to show their about-to-be-vacated apartment, the Woodrys tell Tommy enough is enough. Then that hot summer night Tommy decides to sleep on the fire escape — outside the Kellerson’s apartment, since it is a story higher and gets more breeze. Tommy sees the Kellersons kill a man. Tommy’s parents and the police won’t believe his story. But the Kellersons want to silence him.
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User Reviews: The central figure of ‘The Window’ was a slum ten-year-old boy (Bobby Driscoll), living in New York poor neighborhood and known to everyone there as a teller of fantastic stories
His parents (Arthur Kennedy and Barbara Hale) warned him he must stop his fantasies and what followed was a classic up-dating of the boy who cried ‘wolf’ once too often
One stifling night, the boy climbed out on to a fire escape to seek cool air and, through a crack under a window blind, he witnessed a murder
He knew no one would believe him although this time, for the first time, his story was true He tried to tell his mother that he had seen a couple called Kellerson trying to rob a drunk and killing him in a fight: the boy got scolded for his imagination and sent to bed His father locked him in for punishment; the boy escaped and took his story to the police station. A detective investigated, but could find no body, no signs of a struggle
Now the awful irony: the guilty Kellersons learn through the detective that the boy had seen them committing the crime, and the boy’s parents, with terrifyingly understandable logic, send the boy to the killers to apologize ‘for spreading such an awful story about them’.
The Kellersons cannot decide: should they leave well alone, as nobody believes the boy; or should they commit another crime to cover the first?
‘The Window’ is a classic little second feature, entertaining and suspenseful; unfortunately it had few successful imitators