An imaginative boy who frequently makes things up witnesses a murder, but can’t get his parents or the police to believe him. The only people taking him seriously are the killers – who live upstairs, know that he saw what they did, and are out to permanently silence him.
User Reviews: Like the boy who cried wolf.rnrnA belter of a B noir out of RKO. Story plays as a variant to the boy who cried wolf legend and finds young Bobby Driscoll as Tommy, a boy prone to telling tall tales. So when one night he spies upstairs neighbours murdering a man, nobody believes him…rnrnThe build up to the crime is considered, we are privy to Tommy’s home life in a cramped New York tenement, his parents loyal and hard working and they have plenty of love for their fanciful son.rnrnOnce the crime is committed, a shocking incident compounded by the fact it’s perpetrated by a normal looking male and female couple, a destitute pairing prepared to do the unthinkable just for cash, then things get real tense and the thrills begin to roll.rnrnTommy is now under threat from the killers and he needs to be silenced, so as the cramp confines of the hot and sweaty tenement area are vividly brought to life via noir visuals, Ted Tetzlaff (director) and his cinematographers (Robert De Grasse & William O. Steiner) excelling, the paranoia and tension builds to the point that the gripping finale acts as a merciful release.rnrnVery well performed by a cast that also includes Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Arthur Kennedy and Barabara Hale, this late 1940s noir is highly recommended. 8/10