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Release Date:
15 September 1942 (Mexico) See more »
DANGER AT NIGHTFALL! (original poster - all caps) See more »
The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there has been six murders and six people have been caught... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nice cast, led by Ayres and Day See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lew Ayres ... Oliver Duffy

Laraine Day ... Edwina Brown

Basil Rathbone ... Dr. H. Santelle
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Cromwall

Miles Mander ... Dr. Kurt Immelman
Charles D. Brown ... Inspector Gallagher
Cliff Clark ... Lt. Allison
James Flavin ... Lt. Schaeffer

Russell Gleason ... Ogilvie
William Tannen ... Devlan
Mark Daniels ... Haguey
Bert Roach ... Krum
Russell Hicks ... Dr. Chandley
Charles Wagenheim ... Fred Bixley
Robert Homans ... Officer O'Garrity
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Adrian ... Babe Stanton (uncredited)
Ruth Alder ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... Theater Stage-Manager (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Ambulance Doctor (uncredited)
King Baggot ... Psychiatrist at Lecture (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Policeman at Hotel (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Psychiatrist at Lecture (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Mrs. Geversar - Dr. Santelle's Maid (uncredited)
Robert Bradford ... Whistles 'Over the Rainbow' (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Dr. Shepherd (uncredited)

Rand Brooks ... Young Reporter (uncredited)
Eddie Buzard ... Tall Newsboy (uncredited)
Bobby Callahan ... Small Newsboy (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Meeting Chairman (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Photographer (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Bill - Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Crazy Man at the Clinic (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Miss Hewitt - Hospital Nurse (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Paul - at Santelle's house (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman outside Clinic (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Bird Man (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Reporter (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Citizen (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
John Ince ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Lally ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jerry Maren ... Small Boy (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Cabbie with Cat (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Psychiatrist at Lecture (uncredited)
Dick Midgley ... Police Driver (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Psychiatrist at Lecture (uncredited)
James Millican ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Jim - an Actor (uncredited)

Arthur O'Connell ... Photographer (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Old Man with Telegram (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Jarvis J. Banhoff - First Axe-Murderer (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Telephone Operator (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frances Rafferty ... Clinic Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Psychiatrist at Lecture (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Hospital Doctor (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Police Car #12 Driver (uncredited)
David Tihmar ... Dance Teacher (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Citizen (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lederer 
Writing credits
Rose Caylor (screenplay) and
Lawrence P. Bachmann (screenplay)

Rose Caylor (from a story by)

Produced by
Irving Starr .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Daniele Amfitheatrof (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr.  (as Charles Lawton)
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns) (as Shoup)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Spurlin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Ferrari .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Bradford .... whistling double: Lew Ayres for "Over the Rainbow" (uncredited)
Charles Mandell .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8102) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Several cast members with their character names in studio records/casting call lists were not seen in the movie: Edward Hearn (Citizen), Joe Yule (Citizen), Arthur Belasco (Fat Man), Ernie Alexander (Reporter), Jack Gardner (Reporter), James Millican (Reporter), Rand Brooks (Young Reporter) and Emmett Vogan (Hotel Manager).See more »
Over the RainbowSee more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Nice cast, led by Ayres and Day, 2 August 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Lew Ayres and Laraine Day star in "Fingers at the Window," a 1942 film which also stars Basil Rathbone. An ax murderer is killing people in Chicago, and the police don't have any leads. A young actor, Oliver Duffy (Ayres) suspects that a woman, Edwina (Day) is going to be attacked after he notices her being followed. Oliver attaches himself to her, sees some activity outside of her window, and also notices a problem with her door latch, as if someone was preparing it to break in. He tries to figure out why she has been singled out, but Edwina, being an airhead, can't come up with anything.

Ayres and Day are delightful, having worked together so well in the "Dr. Kildare" series, and Rathbone is terrific as a distinguished doctor. This was Ayres' last film before the war, during which he served as a conscientious objector (he was a medic on the front lines), something very controversial at that time. MGM washed their hands of him and the "Dr. Kildare" series quickly became the "Dr. Gillespie" series. One of the first "Dr. Gillespie" films concerned a man who had lost a limb during the war - MGM was making a point. Ayres made one too, by winning an Oscar nomination for "Johnny Belinda" in 1948.

"Fingers at the Window" is a little silly with some plot holes, but the cast makes it work. Despite its macabre subject matter, it's directed by Charles Lederer with a light touch to mine the humor. Enjoyable.

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