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The Face at the Window (1939)

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

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Tod Slaughter ...
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Police Inspector Gouffert
Wallace Evennett ...
Prof. LeBlanc (as Wallace Evenett)
Leonard Henry ...
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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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Um Vulto na Janela  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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Badly written....
9 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A series of murders have occurred in France. The clues seem to point to a wolf or wolf-man and the police are baffled. When a bank is robbed (why would a wolf-man care to do this?!), a young man investigates the murder and robbery.

I decided to watch this film for two reasons. First, it was in the public domain, so it didn't cost anything to see it--other than my time! Second, the plot involves what might be a wolf-man--an interesting topic to me. However, the film turned out to be very poorly written--with the repeated overuse of exposition. That is where the characters are supposed to be conversing BUT give way too much background information to be realistic. Again and again, instead of showing plot, they explain back story in a clumsy manner. In addition, the characters, at times, are VERY obvious and clunky. The Chavalier, in particular, was terribly written--with Snidely Whiplash-like subtlety! As a result, I quickly lost interest--after all, if they didn't bother getting a good script, why should I care?! Sloppy and obvious.


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