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Fingers at the Window

1942 1h 20m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 14% Audience Score 50+ Ratings During a spree of axe murders in Chicago, Oliver (Lew Ayres) sees a sinister figure following Edwina (Laraine Day), and escorts her home. As he keeps watch, Oliver spots the man with an axe and tries to catch him to claim a reward. Read More Read Less

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Don Q. Cine-Mundial Like all murder and mystery films, this one is highly interesting and features a lot of emotions. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 16, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This is the kind of picture actors do when they need work. Rated: B Sep 11, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D The tone is a mess and the script not good enough despite a great premise. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/24 Full Review nick s A middling mystery. The acting wasn't bad, but a bit too whimsical for the genre. The concept was interesting but not well explained. The saving grace was the runtime. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/21/23 Full Review Maria A This is a 1942 film with the magnificent Basil Rathbone in an atypical role. Excellent writing and beautiful cinematography, true to the period and the film noir genre. Delightful, nuanced, clever performances by the 2 leading actors. Tightly constructed at a mere 80 minutes. The perfect thing to watch on an evening when you are tired of all the overwrought & frankly repetitive, formulaic blockbusters & Netflix-pap that you have watched since the pandemic began... A very unusual plot, that probably got the psychiatric profession up in arms — although there are some heroic doctors in this screenplay, as well. It's really a fun thing to watch, with plenty of suspense and moments of great tension and drama. Bound to have been appreciated by Alfred Hitchcock. Don't be daunted by the poor reviews: see for yourself & make up your own mind. So the young lady is stereotyped a bit: that's consistent with the period and the genre, but no harm done. Very worthwhile! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/18/23 Full Review dave s Fingers at the Window is almost certain to elicit the following response: "huh?" As far as the plot is concerned, here it goes: an actor and a dancer try to figure out why a herd of axe murderers are running loose in Chicago, seemingly intent on finding and whacking the dancer (and anyone else who lived in France, apparently). Beyond that, the story is virtually incomprehensible. Rarely does anything the characters say or do make any sense – motivation and reason seem to have taken a holiday. The acting is horrible and the dialogue is brutal ("she's got the brains of a pancake!!"). Other than some cringe-worthy unintentional laughs, Fingers at the Window in just painful to watch. At least the title was intriguing. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Respected writer Charles Lederer took a crack at directing in this serial killer tale. Lederer proved adept at working with actors, based on performances by leads Lew Ayres and Laraine Day, and collaborating with his cinematographers, there were two on this project. Lederer would direct two more pictures, but neither as good as this one. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review ashley h Fingers at the Window is a disappointing film. It is about an unemployed actor aims to solve the mystery concerning a string of ax murders in Chicago. Lew Ayres and Basil Rathbone give horrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Charles Lederer did a terrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with is motion picture. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis During a spree of axe murders in Chicago, Oliver (Lew Ayres) sees a sinister figure following Edwina (Laraine Day), and escorts her home. As he keeps watch, Oliver spots the man with an axe and tries to catch him to claim a reward.
Director
Charles Lederer
Producer
Irving Starr
Screenwriter
Lawrence P. Bachmann, Rose Caylor
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 20m