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Lady in Distress (1939)

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.


Herbert Mason


R. Herbert (story) (as Herbert), Max Maret (story) (as Maret) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Michael Redgrave ... Peter Thompson
Sally Gray ... Vivian Zoltini
Paul Lukas ... Louis Zoltini
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Max Preston
Patricia Roc ... Pat Thompson
Gertrude Musgrove Gertrude Musgrove ... Telephonist
George Carney ... Night Watchman
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Constable
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Tiny
Glen Alyn Glen Alyn ... Andrea
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Grant - Foreman
George Merritt ... Manager
John Salew John Salew ... Reporter
Kimberley & Page Kimberley & Page ... Themselves
Pamela Randell Pamela Randell ... Singer


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 (Paul Lukas), who has a turbulent relationship with his young wife, Vivienne (Sally Gray). Written by Noah Arceneaux

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


Shadow of camera falls on balustrade as it pans Michael Redgrave and Sally Gray moving downstairs after leaving Zoltini's apartment. See more »


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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Remake of Métropolitain (1939) See more »


Life Is Nothing Without Music
Music by Fred Hartley
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Amiable comedy-thriller.
20 February 2021 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Michael Redgrave "Peter" works by day on a building site, his wife "Pat" (Patricia Roc) works by night as a switchboard operator - they are saving up so they can, hopefully, stop living like ships that pass in the night. On his way to work one day, he is certain that he spies a brutal murder from the window of his train. Enlisting the help of the police, he arrives at the apartment of Paul Lukas, the almost maniacally possessive "Zoltini" and his young wife "Vivian" (Sally Gray), a magical duo who insist they were just rehearsing for their latest stage act. So no crime committed... yet!? It's got some interesting photography of pre-war London and some fun scenarios from the now long-gone music halls to compliment the quite humorous banter between the characters - especially the girls on the switchboard. The plot is a bit quirkier than you might expect. and the dashing Redgrave works well with the story. Therein lies the problem, though - the plot is weak, and Lukas overcooks his performance quite badly. - both elements detract from an otherwise quite engaging 80 minutes with quite a suitable, if not entirely unexpected, denouement, too.

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Release Date:

14 February 1942 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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