Woman in the Window, 1944, Window Card

The Woman in the Window

The noir world is filled with dangerous femme fatales. Unscrupulous. Scheming. Seductive women. And the men? Just innocent putty in their hands. Often driven crazy by love, longing and jealousy to do things they would normally never do.

The scene: A stunning brunette temptress meets up with her agent for an afternoon rendezvous. A few hours later the lovers linger at her car before they separate for the day. Suddenly, her jealous husband appears and shoots her lover’s nuts off — Bang! Bang ! Bang!…

Opphs. I forgot.  That’s Joan Bennett’s story — NOT the plot for Fritz Lang’s, The Woman in the Window. Oh well, sometimes it’s hard to keep all these plots straight. Back to my tale.

Official PR version: Joan’s agent is recovering nicely from gunshot wounds due to this “mis-understanding”.  Joan swears nothing was going on. They were just having a business meeting. After hubby spends some time in jail, the couple remain married another 14 years.

Gossip version: Joan and Lang Jennings were caught outside Marlon Brando’s apartment by Bennet’s suspicious husband. Her husband, Walter Wanger, the highest paid person* in Hollywood behind Louis B. Mayer, only serves 4 months in jail for attempted murder on the basis of an insanity defense mounted by super-star attorney Jerry Geisler. Joan and Walter remained married but, she only made 3 films in the 10 years following the shooting. Joan’s career was so damaged she used to tell intimates at this trying time “it was as if I shot him myself!”  Chin up Joan! soon you will be immortalized again as the Mistress of Collinswood!

Joan Bennett, Secret Beyond the Door

The Woman in the Window is second of four films Joan Bennet made with Fritz Lang in the 1940’s. It was made as part of Lang’s independent film company, Diana Productions (1944-1948). His partners? Walter Wenger, Joan Bennett and Dudley Nichols.  The other Lang films starring Bennett are Manhunt in 1941, Scarlet Street in 1944, and Faithless in 1947.


The Woman in the Window, 1944 Original window card. Very Fine+. No rips, tears, or stains of any kind. No repairs done. All corners are crisp. Has been kept in archival sleeve. Window card has light tanning.(looks darker in photo)

*At one point Wenger made nearly 1 million dollers a year. He died in 1972 with only $15,000 in savings.

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