The Face at the Window (1939 film)

The Face at the Window is a 1939 British horror film directed by George King.[1] It was the second sound film adaptation of the 1897 stage melodrama by F. Brooke Warren after the 1932 version.[2][3][4][5]

The Face at the Window
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Directed byGeorge King
Written byA. R. Rawlinson (scenario and dialogue)
Randall Faye (treatment)
Based onthe "Famous Melodrama", The Face at the Window by F. Brooke Warren
Produced byGeorge King
StarringTod Slaughter
CinematographyHone Glendinning
Edited byJack Harris
Music byJack Beaver
Production
company
George King Productions
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Arthur Ziehm (U.S.)
Release date
  • April 1939 (1939-04)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

In Paris in 1880, a series of murders involving a grotesque face appearing at victims' windows, is attributed to a mysterious Wolf Man. After being accused of being the perpetrator, bank clerk Lucien Cortier (John Warwick) seeks to uncover the true identity of the murderer. Chevalier Lucio del Gardo seems determined to successfully prosecute Cortier for the murders.

CastEdit

Critical receptionEdit

In a contemporary review, Film Weekly called the film "a vintage thriller, put over in the right, rich spirit of years ago";[6] while more recently Britmovie praised "a sinister Tod Slaughter hamming it up marvellously."[7] and the Radio Times wrote, "As with any film featuring the outrageously operatic antics of early horror star Tod Slaughter, this slow, stagebound murder-mystery would be completely unwatchable without the producer-star's presence."[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Face at the Window (1939)".
  2. ^ Pitts, Michael R. RKO Radio Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1929–1956, pp. 100-01 (2015)
  3. ^ Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.
  4. ^ "F. Brooke Warren".
  5. ^ a b "The Face at the Window (1939)".
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Face at the Window, the (1939)".
  7. ^ "The Face at the Window | Britmovie | Home of British Films". www.britmovie.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009.

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