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Director:
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by)
J.H. Wallis (novel)
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Release Date:
3 November 1944 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It was the look in her eyes that made him think of murder. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Middle Aged Men Better Stick To Looking At Landscapes. See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Professor Richard Wanley

Joan Bennett ... Alice Reed

Raymond Massey ... Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor
Edmund Breon ... Dr. Michael Barkstane
Dan Duryea ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Adrian ... Streetwalker (uncredited)
Austin Badell ... Club Member (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Man at Club (uncredited)
James Beasley ... Man in Taxi (uncredited)
Al Benault ... Club Member (uncredited)

Robert Blake ... Dickie Wanley (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Onlooker at Gallery (uncredited)
Carol Cameron ... Elsie Wanley (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Blonde (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Police Driver (uncredited)
Freddie Chapman ... Boy with Mother (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Garage Man (uncredited)
Hal Craig ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Toll Collector on Henry Hudson Parkway (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Police Officer Dillon (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Traffic Cop (uncredited)
Calvin Emery ... Newsreel Camerman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Fred Fuceton ... Club Member (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Fred, the District Attorney's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Club Steward (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Tom Hanlon ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
James Harrison ... Club Steward (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
William J. Holmes ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Fred Hueston ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... First Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Lawrence Lathrop ... Pageboy (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... Stenographer (uncredited)
William Lyer ... Pageboy (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)

George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Boy Scout who finds Mazard's Body (uncredited)
Joel McGinnis ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Harold McNulty ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Charles Meakin ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... Onlooker at Gallery (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Charlie the Garage Helper (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Ralph Norwood ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Mother by Elevator (uncredited)
Louis Payne ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Dave Pepper ... Club Member (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... William the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Roy Seager ... Club Member (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Captain Kennedy (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Man at Club (uncredited)
Ruth Valmy ... Magazine Model (uncredited)
Lane Watson ... Man by Taxi (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Nunnally Johnson (written for the screen by)

J.H. Wallis (novel "Once Off Guard")

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Lange 
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Bruno Mason (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner  (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Marjorie Fowler  (as Marjorie Johnson)
Thomas Pratt (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron 
 
Costume Design by
Muriel King 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Harlan .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank McWhorter .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Paul K. Lerpae .... special effects (as Paul Lerpae)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... process photography (as Vernon Walker)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Davis .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Weatherwax .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugo Friedhofer .... musical director (uncredited)
Earl B. Mounce .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Milton W. Smith .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
107 min | 99 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1947) | Sweden:15 | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Edward G. Robinson, Dan Duryea, and Joan Bennett would go on to play the three leads in Fritz Lang's next film Scarlet Street (1945).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Claude Mazard hits Alice in the face, his hand clearly does not actually hit her, yet she reacts to it.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »

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43 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Middle Aged Men Better Stick To Looking At Landscapes., 24 February 2001
Author: Ted-101 from New York

This film puts forward the theory that all middle-aged men are destined to "play-the-sap" for young women, and since it must come to pass, it is prudent to do so in ones fantasies, not in reality. It's a blast listening to Prof. Wanley, (Edward G. Robinson), District Attorney Frank Loler, (Raymond Massey), and Dr. Barkstane, (Edmund Breon), all in their late 40's to late 50's, talking about young women as though they were living bomb-shells. Why, if a middle-aged man gets within 30 feet of a pretty young woman, she could mesmerize him with a glance, make him give her all his possessions for a single kiss, and of course, eventually destroy him completely...with one hand tied behind her back. Indeed, Edmund Breon, who played a middle-aged music box collector in the excellent Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes film, "Dressed To Kill", fell under the thrall of beautiful villainess Patricia Morison in that film, and paid with his life. What got our brave trio talking about young women in the first place is the compelling painting of a beautiful young woman in an art gallery window, which is next store to their club. They all fell in love with her at first sight, with Robinson the last to see it, and the last to have his heart pierced. Massey and Breon are watching him, and start giving Robinson the needle. "We saw her first, so you stay out of it."

It is Robinson's destiny to meet the woman in the portrait, Alice Reed, played wonderfully by Joan Bennett. Of course he's wary, and full of reservations at this chance meeting. To his credit, he doesn't make a fool out of himself, and Bennett genuinely seems to like him. What Robinson does so effectively in this film is convey very subtly, that he can never really quite accept even the possibility that he could hold this beautiful woman's attention, no matter how charming or interesting he really is. It's never stated but implied, that he thinks she's doing him a favor by making friends with him.

Of course, this encounter leads to trouble, very serious trouble, and the "Woman In The Window" ventures into the dark waters of blackmail and murder. District Attorney Lalor (Massey) is in charge of the case, making things even more intriguing. It is a compelling film, and Robinson & Bennett are superb in their scenes together. I'll leave you to discover just what kind of woman the mysterious Alice Reed turns out to be. This is a very interesting and enjoyable film.

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