The Woman in the Window
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The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945) are both directed by Fritz Lang; both star Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea. The two films have similar plots; and both are now categorized as films noir.

Scarlet Street (1945) has fallen out of copyright and into the public domain, which means that anyone can broadcast it or sell a copy on DVD without paying for the rights. That's why it's run so frequently on TV stations and why you can easily pick up a copy for a dollar at your local drug store.

On July 10, 2007, MGM released The Woman in the Window (1944) on DVD.

[This entry is a work in progress.]

J.H. Wallis's 1942 book, Once Off Guard and its film adaptation, Fritz Lang's Woman in the Window (1944), have significant differences.

The book: Richard Wanley stares at the portrait in the window when he notices that a woman is standing next to him. For a moment he believes the woman is the same one in the painting. But he quickly realizes this is not true. The woman on the street is older and clearly less innocent. The film: The woman standing next to him proves to be the subject of the portrait as well.

The book: Wanley immediately recognizes the famous Claude Mazard the moment he comes charging into the room. The film: Wanley slowly realizes who the wealthy businessman is--and only after he murders him and disposes of the body.

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