The Woman in the Window Page #2

Synopsis: Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends become obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the men's club. Wanley happens to meet the woman while admiring her portrait, and ends up in her apartment for talk and a bit of champagne. Her boyfriend bursts in and misinterprets Wanley's presence, whereupon a scuffle ensues and the boyfriend gets killed. In order to protect his reputation, the professor agrees to dump the body and help cover up the killing, but becomes increasingly suspect as the police uncover more and more clues and a blackmailer begins leaning on the woman.
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: International Pictures
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107 min

I were a painter and had done this of you,

I would be very happy about it.

- Is it yours?

- No. I wish it were.

Then I wouldn't have to come over here

every so often to watch people's faces.

- Is that what you do?

- Now and then, when I'm lonely.

- Tonight?

- I was alone.

I don't like to be.

Well, did you watch my face?

Oh, yes.

Did I react properly? Normally?

Well, there are two general reactions.

One is a kind of solemn stare

for the painting.

And the other?

The other is a long, low whistle.

What was mine?

I'm not sure.

But I suspect, in another moment or two,

you might have given

a long, low, solemn whistle.

Well, that rather embarrasses me.

Oh, it shouldn't.

I regard it as

an unusually sincere compliment

because you don't look to me like a man

much given to whistling.

Oh, no, no. It's not that exactly,

but if my admiration was that obvious,

I'm afraid you might misunderstand...

- May I help you?

- Could you?

I'm not married, I have no designs on you,

and one drink is all I'd care for.

- Is that right?

- That's right.

Thank you very much.

What's so funny?

Well, I had dinner

with a couple of friends tonight.

We discussed your portrait

with great admiration, I might say.

I'm thinking of their faces tomorrow night

when I tell them about this.

Sitting and chatting over a drink

with the charming young lady herself.

Would you like to see

some more of his work?

I would indeed.

I'd like it very much.

Then, when you've finished your drink,

you can take me home

and I'll show them to you.

They're just sketches

but quite good, I think.

They're of me, of course.

A little late, isn't it?

Is that late? 11:00?

I don't think I should.

You don't think you should?

What do you mean?

I was warned.

You mean, you're afraid? Of me?

No, no, no. It's not that, but...

I was warned against

the siren call of adventure

at my age.

I should never have stopped to talk

with you.

I should never, never have come here

to drink with you.


Come in.

- May I have your hat?

- Yes, thank you.

Make yourself at home.

I'll be right back.


Clemens, who did the one in the window,

did these.

Just sketches, but nice, I think.


Let's have another.

I should say no, I know,

but I haven't the slightest intention

of saying it.

I should say not.

This is much too pleasant to break up.

- Ouch!

- Did you cut yourself?

No, but the wire broke.

Have you something to cut it with?

- Scissors all right?

- Yes, I think that will do.

Who are you?

- My name is...

- Frank!

Frank, God! Listen!

I told you, if you ever...

- Stop that, you fool.

- Fool, huh?

Frank! Frank! Stop!

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Nunnally Johnson

Nunnally Hunter Johnson was an American filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed motion pictures. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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