Tonight's Saturday Night Cinema features the great Edward G. Robinson in a inventive film noir, stylish detective story, Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window. Robinson is brilliant, as always. I can watch him in anything. The film speaks to a morality that was murdered in the late 20th century by the left's cultural annihilation and moral equivalence.
Film noir fan will not be disappointed. Neither will those who, like me, enjoy these films for the rich details of a different era, a distinctly American time -- the clothes, the smokes, the drinks, the decor, etc. And the power that drives the film -- forbidden desire.
Directed by Fritz Lang, The Woman in the Window, a sadly tragic film noir, is the story of the doomed love of married psychology-professor Wanley (Edward G. Robinson), who, with murderous results, meets and falls in love with another woman. Wanley first sees the portrait of a beautiful woman, Alice (Joan Bennett), and then meets the woman herself. After committing murder in self-defense, he finds himself blackmailed by Heidt (Dan Duryea). The script, written by Nunnally Johnson, is carefully structured with crisp dialogue and a convincing ending. Lang is at his best, getting excellent performances from Robinson, as the doomed, naive professor, and Bennett both. The Woman in the Window shows that good and evil are present in all, and that circumstances frequently dictate moral choices. Based on J.H. Wallis' novel Once Off Guard, the film gives viewers their money's worth with not one but two logical and satisfying surprise twists at the end. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi