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14 Hours (1951)




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Filled with genuine nail-biting tension, this multi-textured drama centers on the 14-hour-long relationship between a distraught, suicidal man standing upon the narrow ledge of a 17-story building and the courageous traffic cop who tries to talk him down.

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Richard Basehart
as Robert Cosick
Paul Douglas
as Dunnigan
Agnes Moorehead
as Mrs. Cosick
Robert Keith
as Mr. Cosick
Howard Da Silva
as Lt. Moksar
Martin Gabel
as Dr. Strauss
Grace Kelly
as Mrs. Fuller
Jeff Corey
as Sgt. Farley
James Millican
as Sgt. Boyle
Don Randolph
as Dr. Benson
Donald Randolph
as Dr. Benson
Willard Waterman
as Mr. Harris
Ken Harvey
as Police Operator
Ann Morrison
as Mrs. Dunnigan
Forbes Murray
as Police Commissioner
George Putnam
as Radio Announcer
Ossie Davis
as Cab Driver
David Burns
as Cab Driver
Henry Slate
as Cab Driver
Harvey Lembeck
as Cab Driver
Lou Polan
as Cab Driver
Brad Dexter
as Reporter
George Baxter
as Attorney
Bernard Burke
as Police Captain
Michael Fitzmaurice
as TV Announcer
Frank Nelson
as Impatient Guest (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for 14 Hours

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A remarkably compact motion picture... those who have no memory of that or any similar case will find gripping suspense, absorbing drama and stinging social comment in this film.

August 26, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It all unfolds with too calculated an ease to qualify as a valid treatment of the subject.

December 7, 2021 | Full Review…

This spellbinder script by John Paxton is crammed with tricks and messages the size of dinosaur bones.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Simple yet strangely compelling...

September 26, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It follows along the lines of Ace in the Hole by building most of the tension from the reaction shots of the bystanders.

September 6, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The film's finest moments come at the very beginning.

August 26, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 14 Hours


Paul Douglas (as underappreciated an actor as there ever was!) really holds down this drama about NYCPD's efforts to save a jumper on the 16th floor of a building in downtown Manhattan. Rich Basehart plays the jumper with loads of anxiety and the great Agnes Moorehead as his neurotic mom, demonstrating where the kid got it from. Decent.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


"Fourteen Hours" starts with a room service delivery to room 1505 of the Rodney Hotel in New York City on St. Patrick's Day. As the waiter(Frank Faylen) turns to give the guest(Richard Basehart) his change, he has disappeared, only to turn up on the ledge outside where he is spotted by Police Officer Dunnigan(Paul Douglas) on traffic duty. Soon enough, Deputy Chief Moskar(Howard Da Silva) takes over from Dunnigan who he sends back to direct the increasingly snarled traffic on the streets below. But it is Dunnigan that the jumper wants to talk to, as the rest of the police force scrambles to find out who he is. While "Fourteen Hours" may sound like having a boilerplate plot to modern audiences, it also proves quite successfully that sometimes the simplest plots are the best, as the movie has an exemplary wordless opening scene and more than its share of suspenseful moments. At the same time, there are multiple contrived occasions here of someone doing the dumbest possible thing at the worst possible moment. Ain't that always the thing, though? Well, this is New York City with the best and worst of humanity on display. The movie makes great use of its location shooting which not only aids the perspective on the main situation, but also on the street where the people take the time to put their lives in perspective. And it is forward thinking in favoring psychology over religion in providing a faint idea as to the jumper's motives.(Considering how badly the Mets are playing, he may soon have company. But at least R.A. Dickey is pitching tonight.) What I think the movie is delicately trying to get around to in a not-so-enlightened sort of way is that the jumper is gay.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A really great film noir selection. About a man who climbs out on the ledge of a hotel 13 stories up in NYC threaten to jump, but a traffic cop becomes his friend and attempts to talk him out of it. Grace Kelly makes a short appearance here and there. Paul Douglas show outstanding acting qualities and caring that was once found in most people back in the day, not like today where its every man out women for himself. 4 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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