Fourteen Hours

Synopsis: A young man, morally destroyed by his parents not loving him and by the fear of being not capable to make his girlfriend happy, rises on the ledge of a building with the intention of committing suicide. A policeman makes every effort to argue him out of that.
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min


Dunnigan, Traffic "A."

There's a jumper on the ledge-

Hotel Rodney.

Fifteen- 16 floors, I think.

Yes, sir!

S- S- Stay away from me,

or I'll jump.


- Good morning.

- This is the waiter in 1505.

- I'll connect you with Room Service.

- No, no!

I don't want a waiter.

I am a waiter. There's a man.

- What room is it? What floor?

- I don't know exactly.

It's two, three floors from the top.

I couldn't tell.

- Get Mr. Regan.

- Well, I'll get Mr. Harris!

Would you get Mr. Harris?

Oh, excuse me, Mr. Harris. There's a man-

- What room is it?

- 1505.

- Answer that call. Don't get excited. And get Mr. Regan.

- Yes. Yes, sir.

- Look, sister, tell Emergency when they come it's 1505.

- Yes, sir.

No, Mr. Regan, they're not,

b- but they're on their way.

Yes, sir.

So what is it, advertising?

- Could be.

- It could.

You come in from there.

You'll have to come in from there.

The police will be here in a minute.

If those cops come near me...

I'll jump.

I'd make a grab for him,

but he's too fast.

- Officer, can't you grab him?

- Well, I don't know.

- This is the worst possible thing to happen to the hotel.

- Be careful.

He says he'll jump

if the police come near him.

Give me your tie.

Your tie.

- Who is he?

- Oh, I-I-

- Well, check the registration!

- Yes, sir.

That's a pretty dangerous thing

you're doing, kid.

You might fall off and hurt somebody.

I live on this floor.

I heard the racket, so-

They tell me in there

you don't go much for cops.

Sometimes I feel the same way.

But if you stay out there much longer, kid,

the joint's gonna be creepin' with cops.

Well, they may be a little sore

about this happening on St. Pat's Day.

It's their big day.

They got their buttons polished and-

Listen, I could sneak you down the hall

into my room before they get up here.

We could order some breakfast,

and then we-


- Okay, let's clear the room, bud.

- I'm the manager, Mr. Regan.

Okay, okay. Get some keys.

Open up these connecting doors.

Go on upstairs, see if we can drop a loop on him.

- Okay.

- Just a minute. Who's Deputy Chief Moksar?

I am. Hey, hey. Stay away from there.

Get away from the window.


I'll have him off in a minute.

No. I don't want

any brain specialists underfoot.

Okay. Send them around.

Make 'em happy.

Look, kid.

I'm gonna level with you.

I'm a cop, but I don't shoot anybody.

I'm on traffic detail.

I was tagging a car downstairs

when I saw you out here.

I don't know from nothin' about

what you think you're doin' or why...

but you look like a nice kid to me.

I hate to see you make a bad mistake.

You oughta come in and think it over.

The longer you stay out here,

the rougher it's gonna be.

Your room is knee-deep in brass now,

and in another five minutes-

- What are you supposed to be?

- We found out he checked in last night.

William E. Cook, Philadelphia.

Mr. Harris checked the Philadelphia directory,

and there's no William E. -

Okay, okay. Go on out there,

keep an eye on him.

Well, what did you find out?

What did he say?

Well, I- Nothin' yet,

but I think I got him goin'.

Maybe if we could find out who he is,

we'd find out what's eatin' him.

Maybe he was in the army.

If we could get his prints- maybe in

the bathroom-we could check the files.

Who are you? What's your beat?

Traffic "A." Dunnigan, sir.

I put in the call.

Okay, Dunnigan.

Go see about your traffic.

Get away from me, or I'll jump!

- Did he jump yet?

- You goin' down?

Sure. Sure. I mean, yes, sir.

Hello, Joe.

Where you been? All right.

I want a couple of fingerprint men

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John Paxton

John Paxton (May 21, 1911, Kansas City, Missouri - January 5, 1985, Santa Monica, California) was an American screenwriter. He was married to Sarah Jane, who worked in public relations for 20th Century Fox.Some of his films include Murder, My Sweet in 1944, Cornered in 1945, Crossfire in 1947 (an adaptation of the controversial novel The Brick Foxhole that earned him his only Oscar nomination). He helped adapt the screenplay for the controversial movie The Wild One in 1953 starring Marlon Brando. Paxton's work twice received the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, for Murder, My Sweet and Crossfire. more…

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