THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW [1944] movie review

December 31, 2011 · Print This Article

I watched THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW because I have recently become a fan of actor Edward G. Robinson, who I first noticed in KEY LARGO. Plus, I am on a bit of a film noir marathon now as well. However, I was not a fan of the character Robinson played in WINDOW mostly because right off the bat the character acts so, well, out of character. The twist as the end shows how the character’s action can make sense, but it is pure gimmick. Perhaps it was the first time this gimmick was ever used, if so, then it would have been great in its time, but now seems like the biggest screenwriting cop out there is.

Robinson’s wife and kids go out of town leaving him free to hangout with his two buddies, a doctor and the DA. They are all enchanted by an oil painting portrait of a woman in the window of a gallery. Soon enough, Robinson meets this very woman while staring at the painting. As this is a film noir there is of course a murder and then an attempt at covering it up. Why Robinson, a married man and a professor, would go up to the apartment of a younger woman at midnight was just too out of character for me to accept, therefore the entire premise of the movie seemed contrived from that point on, no matter how well their murder cover up started to unravel.


When you consider Robinson’s best friend is the DA, his actions after the murder seem even more ludicrous. We learn absolutely nothing about the woman involved, save for she modeled for the portrait and had a secret affair with a rich and powerful man. I just kept wondering how she had such a great apartment and a movie star-like wardrobe while seemingly having no employment.


As they both get closer to being caught, and blackmailed to boot, fate intervenes in several ways, though it all ultimately does not matter when Robinson finally wakes up.


One Response to “THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW [1944] movie review”

  1. on March 11th, 2012 12:57 AM

    […] I returned to my film noir film fest with SCARLET STREET, a sort of sister movie to THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW as both movies feature the same three lead actors and director.  It is hard to say which is […]

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