Fingers at the Window (1942)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

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




  • Lew Ayres and Laraine Day in Fingers at the Window (1942)
  • Lew Ayres and Laraine Day in Fingers at the Window (1942)
  • Lew Ayres and Laraine Day in Fingers at the Window (1942)
  • Lew Ayres in Fingers at the Window (1942)
  • Lew Ayres, Basil Rathbone, and Laraine Day in Fingers at the Window (1942)
  • Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, and Walter Kingsford in Fingers at the Window (1942)

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14 May 2001 | Doylenf
Neat, little known mystery thriller...
Any story about an axe murderer on the loose has to be taken seriously--and this one is no exception, especially since it is given some film noir ambience in lighting, sets and photography--and has Basil Rathbone as the master mind of all the villainy.

Laraine Day and Lew Ayres (usually cast in the Dr. Kildare series) are the stars of this well made B-film that played the lower half of double-bills when released in 1942. They both move capably through a story that mixes romance, humor and suspense--although much of what happens stretches credibility a bit. Attempts on Laraine Day's life provide a few genuine thrills in this somewhat creepy tale about an actor (Lew Ayres) and a society girl (Day) on the trail of a serial killer being masterminded by sinister Basil Rathbone who uses hypnotism to carry out his plans.

Although a minor mystery, it has some chilling moments thanks to the intensity of Rathbone's acting and some atmospheric night scenes with the heroine being menaced and stalked on rainy streets by a killer.

This is just one of the films discussed in my career article on LARAINE DAY that appears in the current Spring 2001 issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE.

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$320,000 (estimated)

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