The Woman in the Window (1944 film)

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The Woman in the Window is a 1944 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang and starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, and Dan Duryea. It tells the story of a psychology professor[2] (Edward G. Robinson) who meets a young femme fatale (Joan Bennett) and murders her lover in self-defense.[3]

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The Woman in the Window
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFritz Lang
Screenplay byNunnally Johnson
Based onOnce Off Guard (1942)
by J. H. Wallis
Produced byNunnally Johnson
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Joan Bennett
Raymond Massey
Dan Duryea
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byGene Fowler Jr.
Marjorie Fowler
Music byArthur Lange
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • November 3, 1944 (1944-11-03) (United States)[1]
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

Based on J. H. Wallis' 1942 novel Once Off Guard, the story features two surprise twists at the end. Screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, having written the script for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), was invited by International Pictures to a picture deal, and The Woman in the Window was chosen as its premiere project. According to some sources, [which?] Lang substituted the film's dream ending in place of the originally scripted suicide ending to conform with the moralistic Production Code of the time. However, Lang claimed that it was his idea when asked directly in an interview.[4]

The term "film noir" originated as a genre description in part because of The Woman in the Window.[5]