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The Woman in the Window

  • Crime/detective
  • 1945
  • Fritz Lang
  • 94 mins

Summary

Edward G Robinson stars as a married professor forced to look on helplessly as the woman of his dreams tears his world apart by involving him in an elaborate murder and blackmail plot. Fritz Lang's classic psychological thriller, also starring Joan Bennett and Raymond Massey.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This clever melodrama was written and produced by Nunnally Johnson and directed with just the right amount of moody atmosphere by expressionist master Fritz Lang. Academic Edward G Robinson makes that fatal 1940s error of falling for the subject of a portrait (see Laura or Portrait of Jennie) and then finds himself - of course - swept up in a convoluted web of murder and deception. Robinson is marvellous as an average guy paying for the consequences of a moment off guard - Once Off Guard is the title of the novel on which the film is based - and Joan Bennett is an ideal "ideal" in one of her four fine performances for Lang. Raymond Massey and Dan Duryea are also on hand, both with sinister and gripping information to impart. The famous ending is still controversial, but whatever conclusion you come to there's no denying the power of this particular nightmare.

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Credits

Cast

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Professor Richard WanleyEdward G Robinson
Alice ReedJoan Bennett
Frank LalorRaymond Massey
Dr Michael BarkstoneEdmund Breon
Heidt / DoormanDan Duryea
Inspector JacksonThomas E Jackson
Claude MazardArthur Loft
Mrs WanleyDorothy Peterson
CollinsFrank Dawson
Elsie WanleyCarol Cameron

Crew

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DirectorFritz Lang

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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