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The Window (1949)

The Window (1949)

(I could not find a trailer for this film to post with my review, so here is a very short clip instead).

I saw this movie for the first time on a 16mm print when I was about 8 years old.  It was enough to spook me back then.  I love watching old movies like The Window and being transported back in time to a simpler time.  You can see what the big city was like back then and how it has vigorously transformed, over the years.

Recently, I got to attend a special showing of this film at The Heights Theater in Columbia Heights, MN as part of an RKO Film Noir Festival.  People often ask me, what “Film Noir” is.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of “Film Noir” is: “a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and foreboding background music; also: a film of this type.”

I do not think that “Film Noir” could be defined any better.

The Window is about a 9-year-old boy who is notorious for crying wolf.  One night he looks through his neighbor’s window and witnesses a murder.  Of course, nobody believes him except for the killers and they want to silence him.

The movie was directed by Ted Tetzlaff and the noteworthy cast includes Bobby Driscoll, Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, and Ruth Roman.

The premise of this movie has been duplicated many times (i.e. Rear Window (1954), Disturbia (2007)) because the subject matter itself, is pretty scary.  Could you imagine living next to a killer?

The film holds up today because of the tension that it is able to build up throughout the story.  The length of the movie was quite fitting in order to keep it more intense throughout without it having much of a chance to slow down.

Bobby Driscoll does an exceptional job for his age.  He holds his own throughout the whole movie.  He actually won a special Academy Award for his performance in The Window as the “outstanding juvenile actor” of 1949.

The villains of The Window are quite ruthless for the time that the movie was made.  In particular, Paul Stewart delivers a memorable performance.  Stewart made quite a career as a character actor.  He became typecast as the “bad guy” or gangster, mostly because he was awesome playing those parts.  Besides The Window, I really liked him in Mr. Lucky (1943).

You just cannot get the same shadow effects now as you could in black and white, back in the day.  The malevolent characters, sleazy setting, and foreboding background music all excellently portray an ominous atmosphere that is the classic “Film Noir”, The Window.

If you enjoy a good thriller, The Window still holds up today.  You could even watch it with your kids and help teach them never to “cry wolf.”

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.


If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:


Rear Window (1954)

Disturbia (2007)

Compulsion (1949)

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Murder, My Sweet (1944)

Non-Stop (2014)

Flightplan (2005)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

The Girl on the Train (2016)


The Best Movies of 2014

The Best Movies of 2014


Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2014 (even if some were made in 2013).  I have included trailers for each movie.  I would love to eventually write a review of each of these films and talk about why I enjoyed them so much.  But for now, just know that I highly recommend all of these movies.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2014 that are worthy of this list.


American Sniper (2014)

Fury (2014)

John Wick (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

Nightcrawler (2014)

Interstellar (2014)

Still Alice (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

The Imitation Game (2014)

Unbroken (2014)

Exodus: Gods & Kings (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Dumb and Dumber Too (2014)

Neighbors (2014)

Non-stop (2014)


Good movies that did not make the cut were:

This is Where I Leave You (2014)

The Equalizer (2014)

The Judge (2014)

The Gambler (2014)

Sex Tape (2014)

Let’s Be Cops (2014)

22 Jump Street (2014)

Sabotage (2014)

3 Days to Kill (2014)

Trailer for Non-Stop (2014)

Non-Stop Poster

Non-Stop (2014)


At the age of 61, Liam Neeson has shown us that he can still be an action hero.

Non-Stop is about an air marshall (Liam Neeson) who gets text messages that threaten terrorism on an international flight that he is on.  He eventually becomes suspected in trying to hijack the plane.

The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Julianne Moore, Anson Mount, Michelle Dockery, Bar Paly, and Corey Stoll.

The film looks pretty intense.  It looks like it might have some similarities to the movie Flightplan (2005).

I’ll definitely be seeing this one in theatres.

The film is set to release on 2/28/13.