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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Film lovers get a window seat to great storytelling. See more (68 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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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:
Was released on DVD by MGM on July 10, 2007.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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Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) (VG)See more »

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23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Film lovers get a window seat to great storytelling., 2 January 2000
Author: finemot from Florida

It's hard to tell which element of "The Woman in the Window" (1944) contributes most to its excellence: script, direction, casting, performances, lighting, cinematography, scoring. So, it's probably safe to say, "All of the above!" "TWITW" introduces us to Assoc. Prof. Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) of Gotham College, who has just seen his wife and two kids (young Robert Blake is "Dickie" Wanley) off for a two week summer vacation. Just prior to entering his men's club, he is captivated by the portrait of a beautiful woman in the display window of a neighboring storefront. His club member friends, District Attorney Frank Lalor (Raymond Massey) and surgeon Dr. Barkstane (Edmond Breon) notice him staring at the portrait and indulge the temporary "bachelor professor" in some good-natured ribbing before the three enter the club for drinks and conversation. As the evenings winds down, the doctor having subscribed some medication for Prof. Wanley who has complained of fatigue, the colleagues leave. Prof. Wanley asks for a 10:30 PM call in the event that he dozes off while reading in his club chair. Upon leaving the club, Wanley again stops at the portrait; and standing behind him is the model, Alice Reed (Joan Bennett), who posed for the artist. She admits that she frequently comes to the spot to check out people's rections to the painting. The small talk leads the two to an innocent drink at a club followed by a visit to her sumptuous apartment, where she shows Wanley other sketches by the artist.

The intrusion of an insanely jealous lover leads to struggle, murder (in self-defense) and a quandary: How do two non-merderous strangers go about covering up a murder, disposing of a body (a large one), and manage to trust eachother in the process? The body turns out to be the type of man who warrants headlines. Wanley's friendship with the D.A. gets him invited on a "field trip" to the spot where the body was found. Here we meet the Chief Inspector, beautifully portrayed by Thomas E. Jackson). Through a series of delightfully handled mishaps, the gentle professor manages to exhibit elements about himself which would conspire to make him a prime suspect had the very prospect not been so ludicrous. A sleazy, but extremely clever blackmailer (Dan Duryea) is introduced. How he becomes involved, we'll leave unsaid, so as not to spoil some of the film's outstanding storytelling. The characters are three dimensional. Massey, as the D.A. is both a condescending stuffed-shirt and a caring friend. Jackson, as the Inspector is superbly understated, an affable exterior housing a brilliant mind for detection. Bennett and Duryea are both fine, although some of the dialog between them could easily have been cut to the improvement of the film overall. Robinson is excellent as the unassuming, bright but vulnerable professor. The Nunnally Johnson-Arthur Lange script is right-on, with the noted exceptions. Director Fritz Lang has created a taut, superb suspense tale. "The Woman in the Window" could easily have had either of two endings, one tragically ironic, one concocted to satisfy audiences in search of more delectably amusing resolution. I'll never tell. This film deserves any healthy debate about its ending every bit as much now, in the year 2000, as it did during its first release in 1944.

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