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When a conservative middle-aged professor engages in a minor dalliance with a femme fatale, he is plunged into a nightmarish quicksand of blackmail and murder.



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Complete credited cast:
Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor
Edmund Breon ...
Dr. Michael Barkstane
Heidt / Tim, the Doorman
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Inspector Jackson, Homicide Bureau
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Wanley
Arthur Loft ...
Claude Mazard / Frank Howard / Charlie the Hatcheck Man
Frank Dawson ...
Collins, the Steward


Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends become obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the men's club. Wanley happens to meet the woman while admiring her portrait, and ends up in her apartment for talk and a bit of champagne. Her boyfriend bursts in and misinterprets Wanley's presence, whereupon a scuffle ensues and the boyfriend gets killed. In order to protect his reputation, the professor agrees to dump the body and help cover up the killing, but becomes increasingly suspect as the police uncover more and more clues and a blackmailer begins leaning on the woman. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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It was the look in her eyes that made him think of murder. See more »


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Release Date:

3 November 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La femme au portrait  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Was based loosely on J.H. Wallis' 1942 novel, "Once Off Guard". See more »


when he is taking the "dead" body out of the car the "corpse's" eye opens and closes. See more »


[first lines]
Richard Wanley: [lecturing] The Biblical injunction "Thou shalt not kill" is one that requires qualification in view of our broader knowledge of impulses behind homicide. The various legal categories such as first and second degree murder, the various degrees of homicide, manslaughter, are civilized recognitions of impulses of various degrees of culpability. The man who kills in self defense, for instance, must not be judged by the same standards applied to the man who kills for gain.
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Just One Look. That's All It Took........
25 November 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one was a true nail biter. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Mr. Robinson's performance was believable and Ms. Bennet was beautiful and just as realistic as two people desperate to cover up a crime. This is a film that I highly recommend. It's suspenseful and dramatic. I felt as though I was on a roller coaster ride and couldn't get off. In short, I was a nervous wreck wondering how this film would play out. I highly recommend this one. I almost passed it by but I am eternally grateful that I didn't. Rent it, buy it, but by all means, watch it!!

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