Woman in the Window [Import]
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This film has one of the best film noir casts you'll ever find. Edward G. Robinson, Raymond Massey, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duyrea are exceptional in this film. It is particularly a real treat to view Dan Duyrea at his sinister best and Raymond Massey looking suspiciously at Edward G. Robinson. Joan Bennett appears to be too nice a gal to play the mistress/call girl, but she still does a fine job in her role.
This film, along with Scarlet Street, is probably the best film noir Fritz Lang ever directed. Simply one of the best film noirs you are ever going to view.
Only after the film is over does the viewer realize that importance of that first conversation between Wanley and his two middle-aged friends --- Wanley's dream is the direct result of their discussion regarding the dangers and risks of succumbing to temptation.
Robinson's performance was believable and Bennet's was just as realistic as two people desperate to cover up a crime --- It's suspenseful and dramatic --- Get ready for that roller coaster ride and just try to get off.
Under the production staff of:
Fritz Lang [Director]
J.H. Wallis [novel "Once Off Guard"]
Nunnally Johnson ['Producer/Screenplay]
Arthur Lange [Original Music]
Milton R. Krasner [Cinematographer]
Gene Fowler Jr. [Film Editor]
1. Fritz Lang [Friedrich Christian Anton Lang] [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 December 1890 - Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Date of Death: 2 August 1976 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
2. Edward G.Read more ›
Robinson plays decent and respectable Richard Wanley whose family life is very straightforward and orderly. However, his peaceful routine is about to be devastated by sinister events completely beyond his control. With his wife and children away on holiday he is visiting his club for a quiet drink with colleagues when he stops to admire the painting of a woman in the window of an art gallery nearby. Much to his astonishment he sees the glamorous model (Joan Bennett) watching him carefully. She explains that she often visits the gallery to check on people's reactions to her painting in the window. After a few minutes conversation they go for a drink and then continue on to her apartment which turns out to be Robinson's biggest mistake. The events which follow lead to violence, murder and blackmail made even more complicated when Wanley's friend District Attorney Lalor (Raymond Massey) is assigned to the investigation.Read more ›
The conservative, reliable Robinson imagines what it would be like if he were presented with the opportunity to be impetuous for once. Oh, what he would do if he ever met this woman.
Lang obliges, or shall we say lets him have it, and Robinson's dream turns into a nightmare. A lesson actually. Remember what your mother told you about what happens to little boys who smoke?
Maltin calls this a melodrama. It's actually a very subtle, dark comedy, one without any jokes. Just a scenario that gets out of hand as it rolls along. I can't explain why without giving it away, just a terrific storyline.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good movie! I had seen it before and had to have for my collection...Rainy afternoon, a cup of tea and a great old movie ( my knitting too)...Published on Aug. 18 2011 by Terry Hansen
Robinson and Bennett are terrific in the Fritz Lang movie, but the cop-out ending shatters what could have been among the best of the film noir genre ever.Published on Aug. 8 2001
This movie is done very good, the only thing I didn't like was the surprise ending. It's like taking away all that you experienced before. Why would anyone like that?Published on July 31 2001
I do not know have I've managed to miss seeing this film up to now. It has all the elements that film noir fans want--atmosphere, mystery, murder, wet streets and femmes. Read morePublished on July 1 2000 by Joe Oliver
Edward G. Robinson plays a straight-laced professor of psychology who gets involved in a difficult situation. Or does he? Read morePublished on May 21 2000 by Joe Costa
One of the best of Fritz Lang's American movies - a thriller with the logic and plausibility of a nightmare. Read morePublished on May 19 2000