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The Shadow on the Window (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 March 1957 (USA)
Three young thugs rob a farmhouse, kill the owner and take his stenographer hostage but the woman's estranged husband, a police detective, starts investigating her disappearance.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

David P. Harmon (screenplay), John Hawkins (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Philip Carey ... Detective Sgt. Tony Atlas (as Phil Carey)
Betty Garrett ... Linda Atlas
John Drew Barrymore ... Jess Reber (as John Barrymore Jr.)
Corey Allen ... Gil Ramsey
Gerald Sarracini Gerald Sarracini ... Joey Gomez
Jerry Mathers ... Petey Atlas
Sam Gilman ... Sgt. Paul Denke
Rusty Lane ... Capt. McQuade
Ainslie Pryor Ainslie Pryor ... Dr. Hodges
Paul Picerni ... Bigelow
William Leslie ... Stuart
Doreen Woodbury Doreen Woodbury ... Molly
Ellie Kent Ellie Kent ... Girl
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Storyline

Three teenagers, led by psychopathic Jess Reber, break into an isolated farmhouse and murder its prosperous owner whose secretary, Linda Atlas, witnesses the crime. The three thugs decide to hold her hostage. Detective Tony Atlas, perplexed by the sudden disappearance of Betty, his estranged wife, tries desperately to locate her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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your eyes will open wide... at the terrifying things that happen in that room!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Missing Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (Encore-Mystery Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Decent lower-budgeted suspense film
1 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, a group of punks are tormenting some people at a farmhouse. Soon, they kill the old man who lives there and the lady who is visiting (Betty Garrett) is being held captive...and all this is seen by her very young son (Jerry Mathers) who has been playing outside. Naturally, the boy is traumatized and he wanders off in a catatonic haze. Eventually he's found wandering along a highway and the kid is taken to the police. The boy is recognized-- -he's the son of one of the cops! The woman, apparently, is the cop's ex-wife. Can the police figure out where the woman and these sickos are in order to rescue her?

This is a tense and reasonably well made film. I particularly like the scene where the woman attempts an escape--it's surprisingly brutal. Well worth seeing and currently posted on YouTube.


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