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Lady in Distress (1940)

A Window in London (original title)
A passerby witnesses a murder through the windows of a passing train. He then tries to track down the killer.

Director:

Herbert Mason

Writers:

Ian Dalrymple (scenario), R. Herbert (story) (as Herbert) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Redgrave ... Peter
Sally Gray ... Vivienne
Paul Lukas ... Zoltini
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Max Preston
Patricia Roc ... Pat
Glen Alyn Glen Alyn ... Andrea
Gertrude Musgrove Gertrude Musgrove ... Telephonist
George Carney ... Night Watchman
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Constable
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Tiny
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Foreman
George Merritt ... Manager
John Salew John Salew ... Reporter
Pamela Randell Pamela Randell ... (as Pamela Randall)
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Storyline

While on his way to work one morning, a man looks out the window of the train and sees a young woman being murdered. When he investigates the crime, he discovers a foul-tempered illusionist, Zoltini, who has a turbulent relationship with his young wife, Vivienne. Written by Noah Arceneaux

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train | murder | london england | See All (3) »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady in Distress See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Kimberley and Page" and Pamela Randell as specialty acts. See more »

Quotes

Vivienne: I can't stand this idiotic jealousy any more. It's killing even the pity I have for you. And I warn you, when that goes, I shall go too.
Zoltini: And I warn you. If to leave me so much as enters your mind, look out for yourself.
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Connections

Remake of Métropolitain (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is Nothing Without Music
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Music by Fred Hartley
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Minor, unusual murder mystery with London backgrounds
11 December 2004 | by kinekromSee all my reviews

From a train window, crane-driver Michael Redgrave thinks he sees a woman being strangled. What follows is an unusual and effective story involving a magician, his assistant wife and a subtle interplay of illusion and murder. Refreshingly directed by the overlooked Herbert Mason, and well performed throughout (particularly Redgrave and Sally Gray), this small gem benefits greatly from its varied and credible London backgrounds, including music halls (including magic shows), mundane work places not normally seen in British films of the period, and construction work on Waterloo Bridge, under which the National Film Theatre is situated (which is where I last saw this film).


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