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Matt Hough

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Taut, tense, and terrific, Ted Tetzlaff’s The Window is an unassuming little film noir that frays the nerves and chills the blood.



The Window (1949)



Released: 01 May 1949
Rated: Approved
Runtime: 73 min




Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller



Cast: Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy
Writer(s): Mel Dinelli, Cornell Woolrich



Plot: To avoid the heat of a sweltering summer night a 9-year-old Manhattan boy decides to sleep on the fire escape and witnesses a murder, but no one will believe him.



IMDB rating: 7.4
MetaScore: N/A





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Studio: Other
Distributed By: Warner Archive
Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC



Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1...

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This used to run on WOR-TV in New York periodically when I was growing up, and it imprinted itself in my memory forever back then. Good, suspenseful crime story with a young boy in peril, who of course I identified with, probably being around eight when I first saw it. Mesmerizing then, but still pretty potent. Have the WAC DVD and am really looking forward to the Blu-ray, which, according to a review here, is pretty damn fine. Another RKO favorite given a massive upgrade!
 

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I just finished watching it. Gorgeous transfer - has never looked so good. Tetzlaff was coming off working with Hitchcock on Notorious, so he learned his lessons well, suspense-wise. This is the best of the few films he directed. His work as cameraman on Notorious, The Talk of the Town, The More the Merrier, I Married a Witch and others, was superb. This one's a winner and shows just how good a film could be made from a Woolrich story. For an example of the way to make a terrible film from a Woolrich story, look no further than another recent Archive release called I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes - despite many people on this very forum who'd have you think it was some lost gem, it's really bad - terrible script, mediocre direction, lousy music, and as cheap as cheap can be. Like night and day.
 

Robert Crawford

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Like Dick, I was exposed to this movie as a kid watching it on WOR-TV in NYC. Just like "The Spiral Staircase" and "The Night of the Hunter", I found this movie creepy to watch as a young boy in the mid-1960's. A good movie and the WA Blu-ray is excellent.

I also watched "I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes!" Blu-ray today. I thought the film was okay as a "B" movie from Monogram, but it's not on the same level as "The Window". The WA Blu-ray video presentation is very good.
 

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