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Lady in Distress (1940)

A Window in London (original title)
A passerby witnesses a murder through the windows of a passing train. He then tries to track down the killer.

Director:

Herbert Mason

Writers:

Ian Dalrymple (scenario), R. Herbert (story) (as Herbert) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Redgrave ... Peter
Sally Gray ... Vivienne
Paul Lukas ... Zoltini
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Max Preston
Patricia Roc ... Pat
Glen Alyn Glen Alyn ... Andrea
Gertrude Musgrove Gertrude Musgrove ... Telephonist
George Carney ... Night Watchman
Bryan Coleman Bryan Coleman ... Constable
Alf Goddard Alf Goddard ... Tiny
Wilfred Walter Wilfred Walter ... Foreman
George Merritt ... Manager
John Salew John Salew ... Reporter
Pamela Randell Pamela Randell ... (as Pamela Randall)
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Storyline

While on his way to work one morning, a man looks out the window of the train and sees a young woman being murdered. When he investigates the crime, he discovers a foul-tempered illusionist, Zoltini (Paul Lukas), who has a turbulent relationship with his young wife, Vivienne (Sally Gray). Written by Noah Arceneaux

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady in Distress See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Kimberley and Page" and Pamela Randell as specialty acts. See more »

Quotes

Vivienne: I can't stand this idiotic jealousy any more. It's killing even the pity I have for you. And I warn you, when that goes, I shall go too.
Zoltini: And I warn you. If to leave me so much as enters your mind, look out for yourself.
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Connections

Remake of Métropolitain (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Is Nothing Without Music
(uncredited)
Music by Fred Hartley
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atmospheric London mystery
11 October 2019 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Known in the U.S. as Lady in Distress, A Window in London from 1940 stars Michael Redgrave, Sally Gray, Paul Lukas, Patricia Roc, and Hartley Power.

Redgrave plays Peter, a crane operator who one day, on his way to work via train, thinks he sees a murder. He gets off the train, grabs a bobby, and takes him to the building and apartment where it took place - after barging in on a couple of the neighbors.

The residents are magician Zoltini (Lukas) and his wife Vivienne (Gray). She's still alive, and Zoltini explains what Peter must have seen - Vivienne is on the bed - we assume they had a physical fight. Zoltini is a washed-up magician, an angry, jealous man who ruins their bookings with his bad temper.

The story of Peter and his wife Pat (Roc) and Zoltini and Vivienne intertwine. Pat works nights at a hotel switchboard, and she and Peter don't see much of each other. Peter goes to see Zoltini's show; when it's time for Vivienne to disappear, she really does - into a cab with Peter. He takes her to where he works, and it's obvious he's smitten with her.

Zoltini tracks down Peter and a showdown ensues.

Thanks to a good cast, A Window in London comes off pretty well and moves at a decent pace. Redgrave is young and charming, Gray is beautiful, unhappy, and vulnerable. Roc is sympathetic as a hardworking woman who feels she is losing her husband.

The last few minutes of this movie are unexpected, to put it mildly.

Very good.


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