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Fourteen Hours (1951) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Sol C. Siegel.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller; Set Decoration: Thomas Little, Fred J. RodeNominated
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By shadowsandsatin on Nov 20, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

Finding Fourteen Hours (1951) was a happy accident. Before a couple of years ago, I?d never even heard of it before ? despite the fact that the cast includes noir vets Richard Basehart, Paul Douglas, Agnes Moorehead, Jeff Corey, and Howard da Silva. I don?t even remember how I happened to stumble ac... Read full article


Fourteen Hours (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Fourteen Hours is a taut little thriller, based off real circumstances that occurred in New York in 1938. The film opens with a young man standing on the ledge of a tall hotel in New York city. An unsuspecting waiter happens upon him and a traffic cop (Paul Douglas) spies him from the street below. ... Read full article


Fourteen Hours (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Fourteen Hours is a taut little thriller, based on real circumstances that occurred in New York in 1938. The film opens with a young man standing on the ledge of a tall hotel in New York City. An unsuspecting waiter happens upon him and a traffic cop (Paul Douglas) spies him from the street below. A... Read full article


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Cab driver: [Discussing suicide] Yeah, that's a crime, ain't it, knockin' yourself off? They could throw ya in jail, couldn't they?


Robert Cosick: You should have ten good reasons for anything. That's a rule!


Cab driver: [about the jumper] Yeah, if I had my M-2, I could knock him off from here - clean!


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The production used a real bank building in New York (The Guaranty Trust Co.) and they planned to film all of the outdoor crowd scenes over Memorial Day weekend. However, the ledge on the bank building turned out to be too narrow, so an extension was built (12 inches deep, 42 feet wide)) and filming ended up taking two weeks. The entire bank building was dressed with curtains, a new entrance canopy, metal nameplates, and marquee. The replica of the hotel ledge that was built on Fox's Stage 8 cost $32,000.
Two New York City landmarks can be seen in the background in scenes filmed from the ledge: The Woolworth Building and the Old Trinity Church.
This film is based on a real life incident which happened July 26, 1938 in New York City. John W. Warde, 26 years of age, leaped seventeen floors to his death from the ledge outside a room in the Hotel Gotham.
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