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Rose Caylor (screenplay) and
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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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  (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 Germaine ... 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)

Did You Know?

Lew Ayres changed his military status from "conscientious-objector" to "non-combatant" in April 1942 causing great consternation at M-G-M, which already reshot the "Dr Kildare" film he had just completed, removing him from the cast completely. By the time this film was released, the furor had died down and it opened without incident. In fact, one reviewer noted the business was brisk, possibly because of Ayres' honesty and courage in jeapardizing his movie career for the sake of his principles.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Nice Cast Keeps Film Moving, 19 November 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Fingers at the Window (1942)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

An unemployed actor (Lew Ayres) bumps into a woman (Laraine Day) being chased by what he appears to be a madman. The two strike up a friendship and sure enough it turns out that a man carrying an axe was after her. Chicago is under terror from a notorious axe murderer but the two new friends start to investigate what's going on and it appears there's not just one killer. FINGERS AT THE WINDOW certainly isn't a masterpiece of the genre but there are enough good moments to make it worth viewing. The film not only centers in on the thriller genre but we get some laughs thrown in as well as a romantic subplot between the two stars and believe it or not it actually works. The romantic angle usually always kills these films but you can tell Ayres and Day are very comfortable together and they know how to play off one another. There's a lot of flirting going on and it's clear the two are having fun. I do think some of the comedy falls short but it doesn't hurt the film too much. Both Ayres and Day fit their roles quite nicely and they manage to pick this thing up and carry it to the finish line even when the screenplay gets a tad bit bogged down. Ayres is extremely fast moving and that wise guy attitude he brings to this actor character was fun. Basil Rathbone plays, you guess it, the doctor who is doing the experiments to get all the murders going. It should come as no shock but the actor has no trouble with the role and manages to be very believable as the bad guy. One of the best scenes happens early on when Day is being stalked by the man with the axe and we get to watch Ayres try to save her even when she doesn't want him. This scene takes place in the dark streets and then moves up to her apartment room and we actually get some nice suspense here. I think a tighter screenplay would have helped things and the ending doesn't work that effectively but overall this is a decent little picture well worth seeing.

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