Wednesday, February 24, 2010

THE FACE AT THE WINDOW / George King Productions - 1939

Welcome, everbloody, to another Wednesday Oldtime Bijou Theater here at the Dungeon! Today we gots a decent oldie released just prior to WWII...

THE FACE AT THE WINDOW is considered the sinister, yet hammy, stage actor Tod Slaughter's highest budget, and maybe best flick, even though it was made during the British "quota quickies" era where local products were the focus, in order to stimulate the economy.

Director George King directed 54 movies between 1930-48 with Brit titles like DEADLOCK, BEWARE OF WOMEN, OH NO DOCTOR!, THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE, GAY OLD DOG, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, SEXTON BLAKE AND THE HOODED TERROR, CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE, GAIETY GEORGE and THE SHOP AT SLY CORNER!

There's a killer called the Wolf on the loose, and, who is also responsible for a string of daring robberies is basically what rolling text have to say...

Music is by Brit Jack Beaver, who ended up with 60 composing credits and good old Eegah!! gives us another 'earrific' soundclip for everbloody' listening pleasure!

Okay, enuf chit-chat, time to get show rolling down hill, so, here is Tabonga' lil' pet gnat, Piff, who have the honors of pushing old red 'GO' button in order to listen to today' earsome audio treat... THE FACE AT THE WINDOW!

Tod play Chevalier Lucio del Gardo, well-to-do lecherous weasel slime, Tod's bread and butter!

Professor LeBlanc showing young Lucien Cortier, John Warwick, his invention to bring back the dead through modern science and electricity!

Oh, boy!.. The Blind Rat Inn!! ...hic!

Fancy dancing in France, 1880 style!

Tod meet his cohorts in crime there, he trying to steal Lucien' gurl Cecile by planting incriminating evidence of bank robbery at Lucien' place, then going to tell gullible pal Police Inspector Gouffert to bust him... Sweet set up!

Mr. Face At The Window show up to scare hell out of Cecile' pops!

Marjorie Taylor, who play Cecile, was a real beauty, like Kitty Carlisle in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA!

Tabonga just showing this to see if anybloody can figure out what is totally 'wrong' in this pic?!

Tod kidnap Cecile, so, Lucien wear his own disguise to The Blind Rat, where he know she is. They pull off his beard, so, he start the place on fire, grab Cecile and run like hell!

Tod pay the Professor a deadly visit, and he enjoy every second of it!

Harry Terry play 'The Face At The Window!'

Lucien use the Professor' own science to find out who real killer is... Lucio.. del Gardo!!!!

Tricky Tod pull gun, jump out of window into river, then make it back to cause even more trouble, jeez!

Even though Tod get last word, The Wolf going down!!!

3 comments:

prof. grewbeard said...

is it the crotch thrust?...

i've seen Tod's version of Sweeney Tod and dug it, this one looks even better!

Christopher said...

seen many a face at the window after a weekend bender at the Blind Rat..

Greg Goodsell said...

As our friend Todd would say, "it's never too late to mend."

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