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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
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Music by Fred Hartley
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One Crazy Night
23 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Michael Redgrave is on the train to his job as a crane operator. He sees at a window Paul Lukas killing Sally Gray.

It's a great start for a movie, and it was used before. LADY IN DISTRESS is a remake of the French METROPOLITAIN. I'd like to offer you a comparison of the two movies, but I've never seen the earlier film. I do know that Michael Redgrave is miscast as a working stiff who rides around in taxicabs. Sally Gray, on the other hand, impresses me as more than eye candy with a sullen expression for the first time. She's very good as the unwilling femme fatale who drives her husband, stage magician Lukas, crazy with jealousy, talent manager Hartley Power, sad with hopelessness and Redgrave mad with the possibilities of a magical night.

There are many early noir elements in this movie, filled, as it is, with Gallic fatalism, and can be viewed as an important step in its evolution. It's just not a film noir in itself.


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