A superb, tense drama, one that studies the crowd as well as the principals, FOURTEEN HOURS allows the considerable talents of Douglas and Basehart to stun and move viewers. Basehart is the emotionally disturbed young man who climbs onto the ledge of a New York skyscraper, threatening to
jump to his death if anyone approaches him. Traffic cop Douglas is the only person who somehow reaches Basehart by talking to him about the joys of life, while Basehart shuns all others, including the father he hates (Keith), the mother who has suffocated him (Moorehead), and the girl friend (Bel
Geddes). As the hours drag by and morbid crowds collect to watch Basehart go into a de...