Review: ‘Fourteen Hours’

Suspense elements in a situation that has a would-be suicide swaying precariously on a high window ledge are fully realized in Fourteen Hours. Story [by Joel Sayre] is based on an actual suicide case in New York.

Suspense elements in a situation that has a would-be suicide swaying precariously on a high window ledge are fully realized in Fourteen Hours. Story [by Joel Sayre] is based on an actual suicide case in New York.

Paul Douglas is the traffic policeman who becomes a hero when his routine duties are interrupted one morning by the sight of Richard Basehart perched on a 14-storey high window ledge.

Tension reaches the screaming point often as Douglas and the others try to talk Basehart back into the building, while the citizens of New York make a Roman holiday of the event.

Douglas wallops his policeman role by sound underplaying. Basehart comes over solidly. Barbara Bel Geddes is his girlfriend, adding worth to the character. Agnes Moorehead scores as the selfish mother, and Robert Keith matches her excellence in his playing of the father.

A romance with a nice fresh touch is born in the chance meeting of Debra Paget and Jeffrey Hunter in the crowd. Grace Kelly, drawing a divorce property settlement in a nearby building, decides to make another try at marriage.

1951: Nomination: Best B&W Art Direction

Fourteen Hours

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Henry Hathaway; Producer Sol C. Siegel; Screenplay John Paxton; Camera Joe MacDonald; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Richard Basehart Paul Douglas Barbara Bel Geddes Agnes Moorehead Robert Keith Grace Kelly
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