The Face at the Window (1939)

UK,
70m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by George King and starring Tod Slaughter.

Plot Summary

Paris, 1880: the city is in the grip of Le Loup, the wolf-like killer stalking the streets. Michel, a worker at the bank owned by De Brisson, is the latest victim and talks briefly of a face at the window before dying. De Brisson's business is ailing and has to call upon the mercies of local businessman Chevalier del Gardo to help bail him out. De Brisson employee Lucien Cortier, who is in love with De Bresson's daughter Cecile, determines to track down the wolf and help to restore the business to its former glory.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: George King
© [not given on screen]
A George King production
Producer: Julius Hagen *
Production Management: Harold Richmond
Scenario & Dialogue: A. Rawlinson [real name: A.R. Rawlinson]
Treatment: Ronald Faye
‘Famous Melodrama': Brooke Warren [real name: F. Brooke Warren]
Assistant Director: Hal Mason
Photography: Hone Glendinning
Editing: Jack Harris
Music: Jack Beaver
Recording: Harold King [real name: Harold V. King]
Art Director: Philip Bawcombe
Studio: British Lion Studios, Beaconsfield, England

Cast
Tod Slaughter (Chevalier del Gardo)
Marjorie Taylor (Cecile de Brisson)
John Warwick (Lucien Cortier)
Aubrey Mallalieu (M. de Brisson)
Robert Adair (Inspector Gouffert)
Wallace Evenett (Professor LeBlanc)
Leonard Henry (Gaston)
Kay Lewis (Babette)
Billy Shine (Pierre)
Margaret Yarde (La Pinan)
Harry Terry (the face)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)

References

Periodicals

  • The Dark Side January/February 96 p.15 – review
  • Film Weekly vol.21 no.555 (3 June 1939) – review
  • Filmfax no.45 (June/July 1994) pp.31-35 – illustrated article (Tod Slaughter: Demon Barber of Great Britain by Ken Hanke)
  • Kine Weekly no.1670 (20 April 1939) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.6 no.66 (June 1939) p.111 – credits, review
  • Video Watchdog no.15 pp.13-14 – review

Books

  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.97-99; 103-104 – credits, review
  • Golden Horrors: An Illustrated Critical Filmography, 1931-1939 by Bryan Sennp.442-443 – illustrated credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.128 – credits, review
  • Mr Murder: The Life and Times of Tod Slaughter by Denis Meikle, Kip Xool and Doug Young pp.157-168
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Film by Walt Lee p.130 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.158 – credits, review
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.80-81 – illustrated review (by Gary Holmes)