Watch: The Woman in the Window 1944 123movies, Full Movie Online – Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends become obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the men’s club. Wanley happens to meet the woman while admiring her portrait, and ends up in her apartment for talk and a bit of champagne. Her boyfriend bursts in and misinterprets Wanley’s presence, whereupon a scuffle ensues and the boyfriend gets killed. In order to protect his reputation, the professor agrees to dump the body and help cover up the killing, but becomes increasingly suspect as the police uncover more and more clues and a blackmailer begins leaning on the woman..
Plot: A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.
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Fritz Lang is at his mischievous best in this cracking noir murder mystery. Genteel professor Edward G. Robinson (“Wanley”) retires most evenings to his club with two close friends then as he heads home, passes a gallery which has a women’s portrait in the window. On one such evening, whilst admiring it, he meets the lady (Joan Bennett) herself and after a brief chat, ends up back in her apartment where he is discovered by her boyfriend. A fracas ensues and the boyfriend is accidentally killed. Rather stupidly, he agrees with the woman to dispose of the corpse and try to cover it all up. Of course that doesn’t work – soon, the cops are getting very close to the truth and she is being blackmailed. He is helplessly trapped between his own basic integrity and the innate charms of this unscrupulous woman. We are never quite sure which way he will turn – and the suspense is delightfully maintained right til the end. Great contributions from an on-form Raymond Massey; a really rather ghastly Dan Duryea and some great, tight photography all help this to be amongst the best of this genre made during the War.
I was warned of the siren call of adventure.
The Woman in the Window is directed by Fritz Lang and adapted by Nunnally Johnson from the novel “Once off Guard” written by J.H. Wallis. It stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey & Dan Duryea. Music is by Arthur Lange and Milton R. Krasner is the cinematographer.
After admiring a portrait of Alice Reed (Bennett) in the storefront window of the shop next to his Gentleman’s Club, Professor Richard Wanley (Robinson) is shocked to actually meet her in person on the street. It’s a meeting that leads to a killing, recrimination and blackmail.
Time has shown The Woman in the Window to be one of the most significant movies in the film noir cycle. It was part of the original group identified by Cahiers du Cinéma that formed the cornerstone of film noir (the others were The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Laura and Murder My Sweet). Its reputation set in stone, it’s a film that boasts many of the key noir ingredients: man meets woman and finds his life flipped upside down, shifty characters, a killing, shadows and low lights, and of course an atmosphere thick with suspense. Yet the ending to this day is divisive and, depending what side of the camp you side with, it makes the film either a high rank classic noir or a nearly high rank classic noir. Personally it bothers me does the finale, it comes off as something that Rod Serling could have used on The Twilight Zone but decided to discard. No doubt to my mind that had Lang put in the ending from the source, this would be a 10/10 movie, for everything else in it is top draw stuff.
At its core the film is about the dangers of stepping out of the normal, a peril of wish fulfilment in middle age, with Lang gleefully smothering the themes with the onset of a devilish fate and the stark warning that being caught just “once off guard” can doom you to the unthinkable. There’s even the odd Freudian interpretation to sample. All of which is aided by the excellent work of Krasner, who along with his director paints a shadowy world consisting of mirrors, clocks and Venetian blinds. The cast are very strong, strong enough in fact for Robinson, Bennett and Duryea to re-team with Lang the following year for the similar, but better, Scarlet Street, while Lang’s direction doesn’t miss a beat.
A great film regardless of the Production Code appeasing ending, with its importance in the pantheon of film noir well deserved. But you sense that watching it as a companion piece to Scarlet Street, that Lang finally made the film that this sort of story deserved. The Woman in the Window: essential but not essentially the best of its type. 8/10
Solid, steady, fascinating, and a little too deliberate
Woman in the Window (1944)
A methodical movie about a methodical cover-up. Edgar G. Robinson is the perfect actor for a steady, rational man having to face the crisis of a murder, and Fritz Lang, who has directed murderousness before, knows also about darkness and fear. There are no flaws in the reasoning, and if there is a flaw to the movie, it is it’s very methodical perfection. Even the flaws are perfect, the mistakes made and how they are shown.
We all at one time or another get away with something, large or small. And this law-abiding man finds himself trapped. He has to succeed, and you think he might. Part of me kept saying, I wouldn’t do that, or don’t be a fool. But part of me said, it’s inevitable, he’ll fail, we all would fail. So the movie moves with a steady thoughtful pace. It talks a lot for an American crime film, but it also has the best of night scenes–rainy streets with gleaming dark streets, hallways with glass windows and harsh light, and dark woods (for the body, of course). But there are dull moments, some odd qualities like streets with no parked cars at all, and a leading woman who is a restrained femme fatale, which isn’t the best. And then there are twists and suspicions, dodges and subterfuges. And of course Dan Duryea, who makes a great small-time chiseler.
Collins, the Steward: It’s 10:30, sir.
The Woman in the Window is an intriguing film-noir, with a likable lead character.
While you could get annoyed with the surprise ending that it’s all a dream, I find it amusing and like that it’s something different. Some of the finer details become more feasible also, even though that doesn’t change your experience of those things as they have already happened, your view of them in hindsight or on a re-watch can change. Like stabbing someone to death through a suit with a pair of scissors, which seems like an impossible outcome, especially without a great deal of strength behind it, but how else would a civilized non violent person commit such an act in his own mind. Also, tagging along with a friend in the murder investigation or leaving blood on the wire fence when you were worried about every small detail at the apartment. Because they are only in his mind, they can be a means to an end and not just poor writing. Anyway, though unendearing, it’s a good film with quality acting.
Richard: There are only three ways to deal with a blackmailer. You can pay him and pay him and pay him until you’re penniless. Or you can call the police yourself and let your secret be known to the world. Or you can kill him.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min), 1 hr 39 min (99 min) (TCM print)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Fritz Lang
Writer Nunnally Johnson, J.H. Wallis
Actors Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,695 m (10 reels) (Yugoslavia), 2,720 m (10 reels) (UK), 2,720 m (10 reels) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm