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Director Henry Hathaway’s 1951 film is titled Fourteen Hours, but the whole thing takes a crisp 92 minutes: A suicidal man (Richard Basehart) teeters from the 17th floor, and a cop (Paul Douglas) tries to talk him to safety as bystanders watch, worry, and—in the case of the woman played by Grace Kelly, in her screen debut—re-evaluate their lives. Based on an actual 1938 incident, the film has been compared to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole, which was made the same year; both films are as much about the witnesses’ reactions as about the central plight. But actor-turned-director Hathaway never neglects the essential tension of a man perched on a ledge. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Mark Jenkins)