×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

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

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

More Film

  • Aquaman

    Early Showings of 'Aquaman' Set for Amazon Prime Members

    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 […]

  • 'Benny in the Dark' Tops 'Brit

    'Benny in the Dark' Heads 'Brit List' of Top Unproduced Screenplays

    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 […]

  • Richard N. Gladstein (Producer)'The Hateful Eight'

    AFI Conservatory Dean Richard Gladstein Steps Down

    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 […]

  • Theo Rossi Joins Netflix Thriller 'Rattlesnake'

    'Luke Cage' Star Theo Rossi Joins Netflix Thriller 'Rattlesnake'

    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 […]

  • Once Upon a Deadpool trailer

    Ryan Reynolds Kidnaps Fred Savage in 'Once Upon a Deadpool' Trailer

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content