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Woman in the Window
     

The Woman in the Window

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Director: Fritz Lang

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey

 

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Directed by Fritz Lang, The Woman in the Window, a sadly tragic film noir, is the story of the doomed love of married psychology-professor Wanley (Edward G. Robinson), who, with murderous results, meets and falls in love with another woman. Wanley first sees the portrait of a beautiful woman, Alice (Joan Bennett), and then meets the woman herself. After

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Directed by Fritz Lang, The Woman in the Window, a sadly tragic film noir, is the story of the doomed love of married psychology-professor Wanley (Edward G. Robinson), who, with murderous results, meets and falls in love with another woman. Wanley first sees the portrait of a beautiful woman, Alice (Joan Bennett), and then meets the woman herself. After committing murder in self-defense, he finds himself blackmailed by Heidt (Dan Duryea). The script, written by Nunnally Johnson, is carefully structured with crisp dialogue and a convincing ending. Lang is at his best, getting excellent performances from Robinson, as the doomed, naive professor, and Bennett both. The Woman in the Window shows that good and evil are present in all, and that circumstances frequently dictate moral choices. Based on J.H. Wallis' novel Once Off Guard, the film gives viewers their money's worth with not one but two logical and satisfying surprise twists at the end.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Working from a script by Nunnally Johnson, Fritz Lang tautly crafts a nightmare world for a mild-mannered professor bewitched by a portrait. In a studio-lot city, Edward G. Robinson's aptly named Prof. Wanley finds himself acting like a professional criminal after he encounters the woman of his portrait dreams come to life in the enticing figure of Joan Bennett, and gets tangled in an accidental murder. Master film noir director Lang infuses Robinson's increasingly threatening world with shadowy paranoia, offsetting the potentially mitigating effects of the surprise ending(s). With Wanley hounded by a slimy blackmailer (Dan Duryea) and suspected by his D.A. friend (Raymond Massey) and the police inspector, Lang builds suspense while implying that Wanley is not so far from the opposite side of the law as he seems. Regardless of the outcome, the potential for violence and criminality still lurks within the seemingly innocent man. The Woman in the Window's combination of director and stars worked so effectively that Lang, Robinson, Bennett, and Duryea reunited for Scarlet Street (1945), once again delving into the fate of a doomed older man who meets a femme fatale.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
UPC:
0027616081070
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Prof. Richard Wanley
Joan Bennett Alice Reed
Raymond Massey Frank Lalor
Dan Duryea Heidt/Doorman
Edmund Breon Dr. Michael Barkstone
Robert Blake Dickie Wanley
Thomas E. Jackson Inspector Jackson
Arthur Loft Claude Mazard,Frank Howard
Dorothy Peterson Mrs. Wanley
Frank Dawson Collins, the Steward
Carol Cameron Elsie Wanley
Iris Adrian Streetwalker
Brandon Beach Actor
Paul Bradley Actor
Don Brodie Men in Front of Art Gallery
James Carlisle Actor
Eddy Chandler Police Driver
Freddie Chapman Child at Elevator
Alec Craig Garageman
Hal Craig News Vendor
Joe Devlin Toll Collector Sergeant
Thomas P. Dillon Officer Flynn
Ralph Dunn Traffic Cop
Bess Flowers Bar Extra
Jack Gardner Fred
Jack Gargan Steward
Fred Graham Motorcycle Cop
Tom Hanlon Radio Announcer
James Harrison Actor
Harry Hayden Druggist
William J. Holmes Actor
Sheldon Jett Actor
Donald Kerr Actor
Anne Loos Actor
Joel McGinnis Actor
Charles Meakin Actor
Frank Melton Actor
Frank Mills Garage Helper
Harold Minjir Actor
Frances Morris Stenographer
Wedgewood Nowell Actor
Anne O'Neal Woman at Elevator
Louis Payne Actor
Alex Pollard William, the Head Waiter
Fred Rapport Club Manager
Wyndham Standing Actor
Larry Steers Club Member
Ruth Valmy Magazine Model
Lane Watson Man by Taxi
Frank McClure Elevator Operator
Lawrence Lathrop Actor
Bill Dyer Page Boy
Fred Hueston Actor
J.W. Johnston Actor
Scott Seaton Actor
Claire Carleton Blonde
George "Spanky" McFarland Boy Scout
Arthur Space Capt. Kennedy

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Gene Fowler Editor
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Nunnally Johnson Producer,Screenwriter
Muriel King Costumes/Costume Designer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Art Lange Score Composer
Thomas Pratt Editor
Vernon Walker Special Effects

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