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Fourteen Hours

Fourteen Hours

Category: Film-Noir
All Genres: Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama
Release Year: 1951
Country: USA
Runtime: 92
Rating: 9 (0)
Languages: English
Director: Henry Hathaway
Sound: Mono

  • A new element in screen suspense

  • Writing by: John Paxton – (screenplay)
    Joel Sayre – (story)

    Produced by: Sol C. Siegel – producer

    Cast: Paul Douglas – Police Ofcr. Charlie Dunnigan
    Richard Basehart – Robert Cosick
    Barbara Bel Geddes – Virginia Foster
    Debra Paget – Ruth
    Agnes Moorehead – Christine Hill Cosick
    Robert Keith – Paul E. Cosick
    Howard Da Silva – Deputy Police Chief Moskar (as Howard da Silva)
    Jeffrey Hunter – Danny Klempner
    Martin Gabel – Dr. Strauss
    Grace Kelly – Mrs. Louise Ann Fuller
    Frank Faylen – Walter, room service waiter

    Music: Alfred Newman
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    Plot Outline: An unhappy man threatens suicide by standing on the ledge of a high-rise building for 14 hours.
    Plot: A young man, morally destroyed by his parents not loving him and by the fear of being not capable to make his girlfriend happy, rises on the ledge of a building with the intention of committing suicide. A policeman makes every effort to argue him out of that.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Whiteness - Herman Melville

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Continuity: There is a serious anomaly about 47 minutes into the film. The POWs transport, rather ancient and decrepit old wooden railway box-cars with no windows, suddenly change, in a cut, into comfortable looking main-line passenger coaches with windows before reverting, in another cut, to the ancient wooden box cars.

    Trivia: There are 5 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • This film is based on a real life incident which happened 26 July 1938 in New York City. John W. Warde, 26 years of age, leaped seventeen floors to his death from the ledge outside a room at the Hotel Gotham.
    • The building used was demolished in 1967, and was replaced by a 52-storey tower called “140 Broadway”, noted for its large red cube in the plaza.
    • Producer Sol C. Siegel won permission from the New York Police Department to rope off a large section of downtown New York as one extensive “set”.

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