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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 10-JUL-2007
Media Type: DVD
Fritz Lang did his best work in Hollywood throughout the 1940s, and The Woman in the Window ranks among his best films from that period. Equally adept at crafting first-rate Westerns and melodramatic thrillers, Lang returned to the latter category for The Woman in the Window, a deliciously devious follow-up to 1944's Ministry of Fear and a near-perfect companion piece to Lang's 1945 follow-up, Scarlet Street. Adapted by producer/screenwriter Nunnally Johnson from J.H. Wallis's novel Once Off Guard, this briskly paced and brilliantly plotted thriller begins with a chance encounter between mild-mannered psychology professor Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) and Alice Reed (Joan Bennett), the stylishly alluring subject of a portrait that Wanley has dreamily admired in a window near the men's club where he socializes with a savvy District Attorney (Raymond Massey) and a friendly physician (Edmund Breon). When Alice invites Wanley to her apartment for casual drinks and conversation, Wanley is forced to kill an intruder, and his subsequent cover-up leads to a nail-biting plot in which Wanley must feign innocence as he "innocently" participates in the D.A.'s investigation with a homicide detective.
Lang was an expert at turning the screws of suspense, and while Johnson's screenplay tempers its convenient coincidences with well-written characters, Robinson's increasing desperation is the engine that drives the plot. When a sleazy blackmailer (Dan Duryea) squeezes Wanley and Reed for every penny they've got, The Woman in the Window winds up to a fever pitch, with a "twist" ending that's either a cop-out or clever, depending on your tolerance for now-familiar surprises. As renowned critic Pauline Kael astutely noted, The Woman in the Window has "the logic and plausibility of a nightmare," and Lang surely enjoyed the superbly cast trio of Robinson, Bennett, and Duryea, for he invited them back for Scarlet Street just a few months later. And speaking of murder, check out the kid playing Robinson's son in one of the opening scenes: that's future real-life murder-conspiracy suspect Bobby (Robert) Blake (subsequently acquitted), at the innocent age of 10. --Jeff Shannon
This is a very good Film Noir or fringe Film Noir---- The original MGM version is in Black and White. Read morePublished 7 months ago by g
This is a review of the region 1 version of MGM's own release of Fritz Lang's superb 1944 film noir, The Woman in the Window. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Film Buff
I love all of Edward G. Robinson's movies...this one was wonderful and it has a sweet twist especially when you thought it was real and then to find out it was only a dream.Published 14 months ago by Moody
One of the wonderful old movies, great story and great acting. We enjoyed it very much. I recommend it to anyone.Published 17 months ago by W.A.Mozart
This review is for the MGM/UA VHS version of Woman in the Window. If you hunt around, you can still find brand-new VHS tapes from Amazon-affiliated merchants and other sources. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Old Film Lover
Great suspense! This is my favorite of all Edward G. Robinson films. We don't often see him as the good guy.Published 18 months ago by Dorothy C.
It is the true fashion of a noir. Edward G. Robinson for a heavy plays a different role, which he did good. You will definitely get a very intense surprise.Published 21 months ago by Ellie
I enjoyed every scene. Something new for Edward G. Robinson.
All supporting actors and actresses were superb. Will recommend to all/
Excellent Fritz Lang film with a lovely Joan Bennett, feisty E.G.Robinson and an unexpected performance from Raymond Massey---lovely, haunting scorePublished on May 15, 2013 by Dr. Ronald Schwartz