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The Face at the Window (1939)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  23 October 1940 (USA)
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Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man.

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Tod Slaughter ...
Marjorie Taylor ...
John Warwick ...
Leonard Henry ...
Gaston, the Cook
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
Robert Adair ...
Police Inspector Gouffert
Wallace Evennett ...
Prof. LeBlanc
Kay Lewis ...
Babette, the Maid
Bill Shine ...
Pierre, Babette's Beau (as Billy Shine)
Margaret Yarde ...
La Pinan
Harry Terry ...
The Face at the Window
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In 1880, the criminal called The Face is responsible for a murderous rampage in France. When the Brisson Bank is robbed in Paris and the employee Michelle is murdered, the wealthy Chevalier Lucio del Gardo is the only chance to save the bank. Chavalier proposes to the owner M. de Brisson to deposit a large amount of gold, but in return he would like to marry his daughter Cecile. However, Cecile is in love with the efficient clerk Lucien Cortier that belongs to the lower classes and refuses the engagement. In order to get rid off the rival, Chavalier uses evidences to incriminate Lucien, manipulating the incompetent Parisian chief of police. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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23 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Um Vulto na Janela  »

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All hail the king
24 August 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Tod Slaughter has to be one of the most reliably entertaining screen actors of the 30's. I've seen most of this guys films and he never disappoints. There's no doubt that his acting style is hammier than a hammy thing but there's nothing wrong with that surely? It takes considerable charisma and skill to overact as compellingly as Slaughter. This film follows a very similar narrative path to many of his other vehicles, i.e. Slaughter plays a rich pillar of the community who lives a double-life as an evil criminal, he lusts after a woman half his age who is not interested in him, so he sets about framing her fiancé with a crime he did not commit leaving the poor girl easy prey for him. Almost all his movies could be described thus. But it doesn't really seem to matter very much as Slaughter is always terrific as the leering cad and is easily the best thing about the films he stars in.

Slaughter's films were all Victorian melodramas first and foremost but this one definitely moves into more definite horror and even science fiction territory. The monster who is the face of the title is an effective looking baddie although he doesn't really get to do much and his presence in the movie doesn't make an awful lot of sense. But not to worry because, as I mentioned earlier, this is Slaughter's film and he delivers the goods as usual.


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