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½ June 21, 2015
I've never been big into 'noir'....but this one is the best I've seen. Understated and perfect. I loved every character. As for the ending....I get sick of hearing people say they don't like it; they sound like immature amateurs. The ending made the movie perfect. Turned the focus clearly to where it should be - a character study of whether adding 'spice' into one's life is a good thing or a bad thing. Rather than having the focus be on getting away with murder or some other standard preposterous scenario. Great movie!
½ February 15, 2015
Nice Sunday afternoon oldie. Free on Youtube...
June 10, 2014
Satisfying film noir from beginning to end.
March 15, 2014
Good noir story, but basically a retelling of Scarlett Street, and not as good. In Scarlett Street, Robinson's character is a little more pathetic and interesting, and Joan Bennett has much more interesting motivations and interests. Still solid, except for the ending which feels tacked on and negates everything before it.
½ November 14, 2013
A gripping, tense noir with great performances by the whole cast; too bad about the disappointingly weak ending, which made little to no sense.
½ September 25, 2013
Lang and Edward G. Robinson form a formidable team, but this isn't quite up there with Scarlet Street, most notably because of the hugely disappointing ending.
July 26, 2013
Perfect noir! With extreme directing, beautiful photography (with free camera movements), perfect acting especially Robinson's confused professor, brilliant suspense, nuaned portrayal of details. And, of course, great ending that leave audience with a sense of relief and that they've learned something about how to act right in this life. Excellent. Lang is genius.
½ July 18, 2013
For much of its brisk running time, The Woman in the Window plays like another balls-to-the-wall gem from the rarely-less-than-masterful Fritz Lang.
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2013
I've been wanting to compare this side by side with Scarlet Street from the following year. They have a lot in common. I happened to watch this one second of the two and was not quite as impressed. Both thrillers are directed by Fritz Lang. Both star Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett with Dan Duryea and Arthur Loft in supporting roles. Milton Krasner photographed both as well. They both include a painting of Bennett, the use of radio ads to set the scene, and a murderer trying to cover up their crime under pressure. Here's how they differ. Nunnally Johnson adapts this screenplay with Robinson as a slightly more charming professor of psychology. Professor Wanley is friends with his doctor (Breon) and the District Attorney (Massey) at his gentleman's club. They tease him about being a temporary bachelor since his wife and children are out of town. By a strange coincidence he soon meets Bennett's character Alice while admiring a portrait of her. Joan Bennett has a less nuanced role to play here. I wondered for awhile if she would turn out to be more cunning than she appears, but she is the slightly more mild mannered one here. The murder happens much earlier in the plot. Wanley and Alice contrive to cover up the murder with their limited knowledge of criminal activity and go about their lives. Wanley quickly learns who the victim was from his friend the D.A. and clumsily begins admitting facts about the crime that could get him caught. He tries to stay one step ahead by staying close to the investigation. A man (Duryea) shows up intending to blackmail Alice and her accomplice. Can the amateur criminals hope to outwit this man with a record and the police? There is plenty of suspense. The twist at the end shows it is only meant to be a morality lesson, but the darker ending would probably have been better.
March 18, 2013
A true classic from start to finish. The ending...is worth over and over again.
March 3, 2013
Though scope of this film has much lesser than the other of Fritz Lang, it strikes at the right point, a close character study under the influence of middle class conscience and mentality. This one started those trend of crime film having nourish characteristics, and here the 'femme fatale' is so much compelling that the protagonist whose only disturbances in his character (as 'noir' film says) is his mid life crisis and makes him forced to do the crime, a murder as self-defense.Then the detailed analysis of get riddance of that crime is done impressively but almost all the intensity of the film comes in vain at the final sequence what is as unpredictable as stupid.
½ February 28, 2013
real good, weird ending.
Bill D 2007
Super Reviewer
½ January 5, 2013
Fritz Lang's "The Woman in the Window" is a reasonably good but second-rate film noir, starring Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett. It's hard to believe that the same man directed this and 1927's "Metropolis."

"The Woman in the Window" isn't terrible, but it almost completely lacks ingenuity. The cinematography is uninteresting, the sets and costumes run-of-the-mill, and the story rather thin. But it does hold one's interest, and there are moments of real tension.

Robinson plays a college professor who specializes in criminal psychology. He gets wrapped up in a murder with a woman (Bennett) he meets on the street late at night. It is fun to watch them try to cover it up. But the twists and turns are pretty much what you'd expect from a B picture.

There's also a tremendously lame twist ending built to make the film palatable to a Disney audience. I suppose Lang was pushed by the studio to end it this way. But it's still lame of Lang to have given in. He should have pushed back harder. It seems clear that in this period Lang cared more about earning his salary than making true cinema. From world-famous artist to studio hack in 20 years. What a disappointment.

Lang was an Austrian Jew who fled the Nazis and ended up in Hollywood. Another Austrian Jew who did the same was Billy Wilder. While Lang's creative period was over, Wilder's was just beginning. By coincidence, Wilder also directed a film noir in 1944: "Double Indemnity," starring Barbara Stanwyck. If you want to see first-rate film noir, skip Lang's film and watch Wilder's.
January 3, 2013
A companion piece to SCARLET STREET. It's a masterpiece but I still prefer the latter.
December 17, 2012
The suspense was pretty good, even though the killer made it too obvious for the detectives, until the part which Dan Duryea's character tries to blackmail the main ones. The ending was way too disappointing.
December 17, 2012
What a cornball ending.
October 30, 2012
An intense, nail biting production that had me glued to the set. There is a bit of a let downas the conclusion is a bit contrived, but the journey is truly worth it and the acting is superb.
Super Reviewer
½ September 26, 2012
This is a more intense version of Scarlett Street, and I can't decide which one I like better, but they have such similar plots, I get them mixed up.
September 24, 2012
Besides a really aggravating ending, The Woman in the Window is a legit noir from master Fritz Lang. His subsequent picture, Scarlet Street, was superior in every way, however.
½ September 4, 2012
Nearly perfect film noir. Too bad about the last 5 minutes.
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