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Fingers at the Window (1942)

In Chicago, an unemployed actor aims to solve the mystery concerning a string of ax murders, apparently committed by a lunatic.

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Charles Lederer

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Rose Caylor (screenplay), Lawrence P. Bachmann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Oliver Duffy
Laraine Day ... Edwina Brown
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. H. Santelle
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Cromwall
Miles Mander ... Dr. Kurt Immelman
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Inspector Gallagher
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Lt. Allison
James Flavin ... Lt. Schaeffer
Russell Gleason ... Ogilvie
William Tannen ... Devlan
Mark Daniels ... Haguey
Bert Roach ... Krum
Russell Hicks ... Dr. Chandley
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Fred Bixley
Robert Homans ... Officer O'Garrity
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The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there have been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has lived to tell about it and that was Edwina, who is as dumb as a brick. If it were not for Oliver, she would be number seven. When there is a second attempt on Edwina, Oliver figures that the crimes are not random and that someone is hypnotizing these people to do his bidding, but the police and Edwina are skeptical. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ROMANCE AT DAYBREAK! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Dedos Diabólicos See more »

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Budget:

$320,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lew Ayres last film for MGM and his last film until The Dark Mirror (1946) after his service as a medic and chaplain's aide in the Pacific during WWII. See more »

Goofs

When Oliver Duffy is shoved onto the elevated railroad track, there's enough space between the railroad ties for him to jump down. But when we see him from below clinging to one of the ties, there's no room for anyone to jump below. The ties are just inches apart. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Duffy: By the way, what do people call you?
Edwina Brown: Well, they usually call me Ed-WINE-a. But that's wrong.
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References The Vanishing Virginian (1942) See more »

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Are You Washed in the Blood?
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By Elisha A. Hoffman
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An enjoyable little murder mystery.
10 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, the streets are empty at night and the city is in a panic. This is because several different axe-wielding maniacs have been striking. So far, six folks are dead and six different killers were found at the scene--all catatonic and clearly mentally disturbed. The police, as usual for these sort of films, are rather dim and think the six cases are all unrelated! Well, also as usual with these sort of mystery films, the guy who is really thinking is a civilian (like this is the case in real life!). An out of work actor, Duffy (Lew Ayres) thinks the killings are all being orchestrated by one man. Soon, after stopping one of these killings, Duffy and Edwina (Laraine Brown) begin investigating on their own and the trail soon leads to Dr. Santelle (Basil Rathbone). So what gives?!

There are a lot of the usual clichés in this film and you must suspend disbelief...again typical for most B murder mysteries. Mind control and murder?! Ha! But provided you do suspend disbelief, you'll enjoy yourself because the acting is quite nice, the mystery strange and intriguing and it's far better than most films in the genre.


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