The Face at the Window (1939 film)

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The Face at the Window
Directed by George King
Produced by George King
Written by A.R. Rawlinson (scenario and dialogue)
Randall Faye (treatment)
Based on the "Famous Melodrama", The Face at the Window by F. Brooke Warren
Starring Tod Slaughter
Music by Jack Beaver
Cinematography Hone Glendinning
Edited by Jack Harris
George King Productions
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Arthur Ziehm (U.S.)
Release date
  • April 1939 (1939-04)
Running time
70 minutes
65 minutes (USA)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Face at the Window is a 1939 British film directed by George King.[1] It was the third film adaptation of the stage melodrama by F. Brooke Warren. [2][3][4]


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.


Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, Film Weekly called the film "a vintage thriller, put over in the right, rich spirit of years ago";[5] while more recently Britmovie praised "a sinister Tod Slaughter hamming it up marvellously." [2] 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."[4]



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