Reviews of The Woman in the Window
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It is always nice to see actors cast in unusual, non-typical roles (as happened with Ernest Borgnine in Marty or the Duke in the Quiet Man). For once, Edward G. Robinson is allowed play an “innocent” professor instead of the badguy. The movie is a pitch-black noir with all the elements that make this genre so great. Dead-pan humour, a femme fatale, shady characters and lots fo lurking in shadows and rain, rain, rain. Alas, I found that Dun Duryea could not fill his role with enough menace to make it trukly daunting, but that is not too bad a thing.
However, the ending is a joke and terribly executed. True, it does not make the film any worse but it leaves you with a screwy aftertaste and knocked down my rating quiet a bit.
A solid film noir that is boosted by relying on genre parameters but fails to deliver a satisfying ending.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.