Woman in the Window (1944)
An early screen icon who defined the gangster genre, Edward G. Robinson was an atypical movie star—short and swollen-faced with a nasal voice. He won a diversity of roles in his heyday, some that proved a vehicle for his broad dramatic range while other characters turned outlaw outside the gangster stereotype. This film retrospective shows Robinson At the Maximum of His Villainy in the 1940s.
Woman in the Window (1944) on October 5. This Fritz Lang masterpiece helped define film noir as a genre. Robinson stars as a psychology professor whose attraction to a young woman (Joan Bennett) leads to murder and blackmail, a familiar plot executed with style and precision. Not Rated. (99 min.)
Double Indemnity (1944) on October 12. Robinson plays against type as an insurance claims investigator who suspects a salesman (Fred MacMurray) of orchestrating a murder with a big payoff. Also starring Barbara Stanwyck in this sterling example of film noir at its best. Not Rated. (107 min.)
The Stranger (1946) on October 19. This drama follows Robinson in the role of a UN War Crimes investigator in pursuit of an infamous Nazi fugitive (Orson Welles) hiding in Connecticut. Not Rated. (95 min.)
Key Largo (1948) on October 26. John Huston directs Robinson as Johnny Rocco, a malicious and aging gangster whose men take control of an island hotel. Humphrey Bogart stars as a former GI who is finally goaded into action. With Lauren Bacall and Claire Trevor, who earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Not Rated. (100 min.)