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Fingers at the Window (1942)

In Chicago, an unemployed actor aims to solve the mystery concerning a string of ax murders, apparently committed by a lunatic.

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Charles Lederer

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Rose Caylor (screenplay), Lawrence P. Bachmann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Oliver Duffy
Laraine Day ... Edwina Brown
Basil Rathbone ... Dr. H. Santelle
Walter Kingsford ... Dr. Cromwall
Miles Mander ... Dr. Kurt Immelman
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Inspector Gallagher
Cliff Clark ... Lt. Allison
James Flavin ... Lt. Schaeffer
Russell Gleason ... Ogilvie
William Tannen ... Devlan
Mark Daniels ... Haguey
Bert Roach ... Krum
Russell Hicks ... Dr. Chandley
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Fred Bixley
Robert Homans ... Officer O'Garrity
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The City of Chicago is gripped by an Axe Murderer. The streets are empty at night as there have been six murders and six people have been caught, but they are lunatics. Only one person has lived to tell about it and that was Edwina, who is as dumb as a brick. If it were not for Oliver, she would be number seven. When there is a second attempt on Edwina, Oliver figures that the crimes are not random and that someone is hypnotizing these people to do his bidding, but the police and Edwina are skeptical. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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DANGER AT NIGHTFALL! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1942 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Dedos Diabólicos See more »

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Budget:

$320,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Lew Ayres goes to the Psychiatrist convention he says his name is Dr. Stephen Dedalus from Ireland, James Joyce's literary alter ego in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and "Ulysses". See more »

Goofs

When Oliver Duffy is shoved onto the elevated railroad track, there's enough space between the railroad ties for him to jump down. But when we see him from below clinging to one of the ties, there's no room for anyone to jump below. The ties are just inches apart. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Duffy: By the way, what do people call you?
Edwina Brown: Well, they usually call me Ed-WINE-a. But that's wrong.
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References The Vanishing Virginian (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Whistled by Lew Ayres (whistling dubbed by Robert Bradford)
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a few too many clueless people
12 September 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

An axe wielding serial killer is on the loose with six murders in Chicago. A shadowy figure pushes a bird seller to kill with an axe. Struggling actor Oliver Duffy (Lew Ayres) notices the suspicious bird seller stalking Edwina Brown (Laraine Day). After more attempts, he suspects someone is targeting her by hypnotizing different people to commit the crimes.

The basic outlandish premise is possible serial killer hunt material. There is a lot of stupidity coming from the police and media. It's much more than the usual trope. It's not the sharpest crime drama but it is better than the standard during that era. Mostly, I like Duffy and I like Edwina despite some cluelessness. Quite frankly, there are a few too many clueless characters in the movie. It actually gets to be funny. Overall, I like this but it's not winning any awards.


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