THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944)

**spoilers*** I can give you many reasons to see this – Fritz Lang directed it, Edward G Robinson and Joan Bennett star, and there’s tons of delicious irony, but the “Dallas” / “Wizard of Oz” ending ruins it all. I wanted to throw my remote at the screen.

MINISTRY OF FEAR (1944)

This was in my noir queue but is more of an espionage thriller than a crime story. Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds (later in “The Life of Riley”) star, Fritz Lang directs. The film deviates from Graham Greene’s novel to make it more cinematic. The plot kicks off with Milland inadvertently winning a prize at a fair that someone else was supposed to win, thus involving him with Nazi spies operating in Britain. If you’re fan of deep-focus cinematography, Lang shows it off here in abundance. A well-paced, engaging film.