Fingers At The Window

  • 1942
  • 1 HR 19 MIN
  • NR
  • Thriller

A real thriller, which has the patients of an insane asylum turned into ax murderers by psychotic Rathbone. Day, the victim of an attack, is saved at the last minute by actor-turned-sleuth Ayres, who then proceeds to expose Rathbone and his victims. This was the last film for Ayres until after WW II. He was shipped off to the Medical Corps after announcing...read more

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A real thriller, which has the patients of an insane asylum turned into ax murderers by psychotic Rathbone. Day, the victim of an attack, is saved at the last minute by actor-turned-sleuth Ayres, who then proceeds to expose Rathbone and his victims. This was the last film for Ayres until

after WW II. He was shipped off to the Medical Corps after announcing that he was a conscientious objector. Americans were loath to accept Ayres as a legitimate cinema hero following the disclosure of what many regarded as his cowardice. Studio moguls apparently expected to make much of the

co-stardom of Ayres and Day in this thriller; as written, their roles possessed some of the ambience of the William Powell/Myrna Loy team of the popular THE THIN MAN (1934) and its sequels. Ayres and Day had achieved wide public acceptance in YOUNG DOCTOR KILDARE (1938) and went on to make a

successful series with the same characters. An expectation of a similar result in the mystery genre seemed legitimate and might have come to pass, save for the unfortunate coincidence of Ayres' announcement. This film was prolific screenwriter Lederer's first directorial effort, and his last for

some years.

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