All Genres: Film-Noir, Thriller
Release Year: 1944
Rating: 4 (0)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writing by: Nunnally Johnson – writer
J.H. Wallis – novel "Once Off Guard"
Produced by: Nunnally Johnson – producer
Cast: Edward G. Robinson – Professor Richard Wanley
Joan Bennett – Alice Reed
Raymond Massey – Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor
Edmund Breon – Dr. Michael Barkstane
Dan Duryea – Heidt / Tim, the Doorman
Thomas E. Jackson – Inspector Jackson, Homicide Bureau
Dorothy Peterson – Mrs. Wanley
Arthur Loft – Claude Mazard / Frank Howard / Charlie the Hatcheck Man
Frank Dawson – Collins, the Steward
Iris Adrian – Streetwalker (uncredited)
Brandon Beach – Man at club (uncredited)
Music: Arthur Lange Hugo Friedhofer Bruno Mason Charles Maxwell
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Plot Outline: A middle-aged college professor laments his stodgy life until he spends an evening with a beautiful woman who has a dangerous lover.
Plot: Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends become obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the mens 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 Wanleys 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.
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
The end credits show the opening credits sequence in reverse (the toy soldiers are falling up instead of down).
Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: When the BMW avoids hitting the oncoming truck, the right rear light is broken. A few seconds later, the right (now intact) rear light is destroyed again by a shot.
Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- Irene Dunne often said that this was her favorite film because it reminded her of her own adopted daughter.