The Shadow on the Window

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The Shadow on the Window
Shadow on the window poster small.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Asher
Produced by Jonie Taps
Screenplay by David P. Harmon
Leo Townsend
Based on Missing Witness
1954 Cosmopolitan
by John Hawkins
Ward Hawkins
Starring Philip Carey
Betty Garrett
John Drew Barrymore
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Frank G. Carson
Edited by William A. Lyon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 6, 1957 (1957-03-06) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Shadow on the Window is a 1957 film directed by William Asher and starring Philip Carey and Betty Garrett.[1] The screenplay involves a boy who is traumatized after seeing his mother being terrorized by thugs.


Upon seeing his mother Linda terrorized by three thugs, young Petey (Jerry Mathers) is traumatized and wanders off. Truck drivers find him and the boy is brought to police headquarters, where he is recognized as the son of detective Tony Atlas (Philip Carey).

Petey is in shock and momentarily can't even recognize his dad, much less explain what happened. The youths who have Tony's wife Linda (Betty Garrett) are named Joey (Gerald Sarracini), Gil (Corey Allen) and Jess (John Drew Barrymore). It turns out they have robbed and killed Linda's employer, Canfield (Watson Downs), and are arguing whether to also kill her, the only eyewitness.

Canfield's niece comes looking for him, but upon finding Linda's car mistakenly believes he might be having an affair with her. Gil slips away to retrieve a gun from his mother's house. Tony gets the drop on him and kills Gil in self-defense, finding Linda's wallet on him.

The truckers provide the general vicinity of where they found the boy. Petey seems to recognize a tractor, so Tony's men find Canfield's body and surround the house. Joey is accidentally killed by Jess, who is disarmed by Tony. At the sight of his mother, Petey emerges from his state of shock.


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