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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.

Director:

Charles Lederer

Writers:

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 ... 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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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$320,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$288,000, 31 December 1942

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$548,000, 31 December 1942
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Lew Ayres goes to the Psychiatrist convention he says his name is Dr. Stephen Dedalus from Ireland, James Joyce's literary alter ego in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and "Ulysses". 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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Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Whistled by Lew Ayres (whistling dubbed by Robert Bradford)
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Very neat little mystery
27 October 2000 | by reve-2See all my reviews

Laraine Day and Lew Ayers always seemed to have great chemistry between them and this picture carries on that tradition. Ayers is an out of work actor who happens to see Day being followed by a man who is carrying an axe. He manages to save her and capture the would-be killer but it's obvious that there will be further attempts on her life. Ayers tries to solve the mystery of why she is being stalked and manages to get himself in trouble both with the law and with the mastermind of the killings. Basil Rathbone does his usual top job in a role that calls for someone who is both suave and has ice water in his veins. The cast is rounded out with many familiar faces of MGM contract players. All in all, a very good mystery with Ayers and Day providing just the right amount of light interplay.


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