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The Woman in the Window (MGM Film Noir)
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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 10-JUL-2007
Media Type: DVD
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
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Robinson plays decent and respectable Richard Wanley whose family life is very straightforward and orderly. However, his peaceful routine is about to be devastated by sinister events completely beyond his control. With his wife and children away on holiday he is visiting his club for a quiet drink with colleagues when he stops to admire the painting of a woman in the window of an art gallery nearby. Much to his astonishment he sees the glamorous model (Joan Bennett) watching him carefully. She explains that she often visits the gallery to check on people's reactions to her painting in the window. After a few minutes conversation they go for a drink and then continue on to her apartment which turns out to be Robinson's biggest mistake. The events which follow lead to violence, murder and blackmail made even more complicated when Wanley's friend District Attorney Lalor (Raymond Massey) is assigned to the investigation.Read more ›
The conservative, reliable Robinson imagines what it would be like if he were presented with the opportunity to be impetuous for once. Oh, what he would do if he ever met this woman.
Lang obliges, or shall we say lets him have it, and Robinson's dream turns into a nightmare. A lesson actually. Remember what your mother told you about what happens to little boys who smoke?
Maltin calls this a melodrama. It's actually a very subtle, dark comedy, one without any jokes. Just a scenario that gets out of hand as it rolls along. I can't explain why without giving it away, just a terrific storyline.
These are two suspenseful movies from the 1940s that are worth watching more than once. Edward G. Robinson plays an eminent college professor in the first and an undercover Federal agent in the second movie. The reviews for each movie have more details.
"The Woman in the Window" (1944) is the story about a college professor who meets a strange beautiful woman on the street and become madly in love with her. His love and emotions cause him to violate his moral beliefs. Shouldn't he know better? Will his activities be detected by the policeman who is a friend of his? This is a warning about becoming involved with strangers when you know little about them.
"The Stranger" (1946) is the story about a hunt for a Nazi war criminal who has take refuge in a small college town. The background tells about college life then. Could a wanted Nazi become part of the faculty of a this college? [No background checks?] Some parts seem implausible, but its still a good story. "Operation Paperclip" and "The Belarus Project" are history books with topics related to this story.
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A great movie - old technology, but well done for the time. A really surprise ending.Published 3 months ago by Nancy B Brown
Great movie with a twist ending, followed by yet another twist. As of this writing, this movie is selling for close to $40 on Amazon. You can watch it free on You Tube. Read morePublished 3 months ago by book lover
Woman in the Window is COLORIZED - take it off the Amazon market, esp when the cover has been sourced from the original dvd that was B&W. Read morePublished 6 months ago by stufz
I just received this excellent double feature disc. Both of these movies are classic film noir's from the forties, with superb acting, and the films were overseen by two legendary... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Movieman, Montreal