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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:
Absorbing Edward G. Robinson "film noir" murder mystery with surprise ending See more (69 total) »

Cast

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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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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)

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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:
Revealing mistakes: When Professor Wanley dumps Mazard from his shoulder over the barbed-wire fence, the deceased lifts his feet (on the left of the screen) to clear the wire.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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Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »

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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Absorbing Edward G. Robinson "film noir" murder mystery with surprise ending, 2 December 2000
Author: (clive@moviebuff.freeserve.co.uk) from Eastbourne, Sussex, England

"Woman in the Window" is one of my favourite Hollywood films of the forties and is in fact included in my "Top Ten" movies of all time. Expertly directed by Fritz Lang and starring Edward G. Robinson, the delectable Joan Bennett in a wonderfully seductive performance, and the sinister Dan Duryea it has a fascinating storyline, some outstanding acting and a "twist in the tale". Robinson is respectable Professor Richard Wanley (married with children) whose family are away on holiday. Admiring the painting of a woman in the window of an art gallery near his club he is surprised (and pleased) to see the attractive model (Joan Bennett) standing right next to him. She explains that she often comes along to the gallery to "watch people's faces" when they look at her painting and see how they react. After a few minutes conversation Robinson reluctantly escorts Bennett back to her apartment and the events which ensue lead to murder, blackmail, hardship and deep torment for Robinson whose neat well organised life is thrown into turmoil and disarray. Robinson's friend Frank Lalor (Raymond Massey) is the District Attorney investigating the murder which ironically for Robinson causes him even further complications and gets him unwittingly drawn deeper and deeper into the murder inquiry. Just when it seems that things could not get any worse for Robinson there is a magnificent twist at the end of the movie which comes as a total surprise!!

Some favourite lines from the film:

Joan Bennett (to Robinson): "I'm not married. I have no designs on you and one drink is all I care for".

Robinson (to Bennett): "I should never have stopped to talk with you - I should never never have come here to drink with you". Bennett (to Robinson): "Never?".

Raymond Massey (to Robinson): "It's all right Richard - don't get excited. We rarely arrest people just for knowing where the body was".

Bennett (to Dan Duryea): "Are you nuts? I haven't got $5,000 and there isn't any guy to get it from so you may as well go right along to the police and tell them whatever you wish!".

Although Edward G. Robinson was not the typical leading man type he could always be relied upon to give a good performance and in "Woman in the Window" he was at his very best!! 10 out of 10 for acting, direction, screenplay and photography. The only Oscar nomination this film received was for "best score" which was in my opinion an oversight as I believe in retrospect that both Robinson and Bennett clearly desrved to be nominated for their acting. If you enjoy this film be sure to see "Scarlet Street" (1945) which is another classic "film noir" thriller featuring the same three leading players and with Fritz Lang once again as director. Clive Roberts.

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