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The Woman in the Window [1944 film] by Fritz…

The Woman in the Window [1944 film] (1944)

by Fritz Lang (Director), Nunnally Johnson (Screenwriter)

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The Woman in the Window (1944)

Edward G. Robinson – Prof. Richard Wanley

Joan Bennett – Alice Reed
Dan Duryea – Heidt / Tim, the Doorman
Raymond Massey – Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor
Arthur Loft – Claude Mazzard / Frank Howard / Charlie, the Hatcheck Man
Thomas E. Jackson – Inspector Jackson, Homicide Bureau
Edmund Breon – Dr. Michael Barkstane

Screenplay by Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel Once Off Guard (1942) by J. H. Wallis.
Directed by Fritz Lang.

Black and white. 99 min.


To my mind, this is a much better film noir with Edward Robinson and Joan Bennett than Scarlet Street which they made together on the next year, again directed by Fritz Lang and with Dan Duryea in the leading supporting role (but without Raymond Massey’s imposing presence). This plot is every bit as unbelievable as that one. But, of course, the twist in the end makes it perfectly all right. I should have seen it coming, but the truth is that I didn’t. This story here, lacking as it does credibility, does have the tense and macabre atmosphere of impending doom so characteristic of film noir (and so often missing in modern incarnations of the genre). Edward Robinson gives another subtle and stunning performance as an intelligent, educated and mild fellow caught in a dangerous predicament. Joan Bennett is also better and so is Dan Duryea; she doesn’t make rather pathetic attempts to look seductive and he is genuinely menacing instead of unintentionally hilarious. Even Fritz Lang seems more inspired by the gloom and violence of this picture than by the rather superficial tension of the later one. In short, though both movies may boast tremendous leading performances by Edward Robinson (it still baffles the mind, and I am not going to get tired of repeating it, that the man was never even nominated for that silly Academy Award!), only one of them is really a great movie. That twist in the end of The Woman in the Window, at once shocking and amusing, is worth the price of admission. ( )
  Waldstein | Jan 1, 2018 |
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Lang, FritzDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, NunnallyScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennett, Joansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duryea, Dansecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Massey, Raymondsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robinson, Edward G.secondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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While his family is away, a mild-mannered college professor meets an attractive woman who quickly involves him in murder.

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