this really gorgeous piece on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1973 film Martha (thanks Mac) that Martha's story bore a strong similarity to a story by Woolrich... actually so strong a similarity that lawyers were summoned!
"... Martha had more practical difficulties to cope with at the time, at least in reaching an American audience. Unlike those three earlier Fassbinder films and many later ones, it failed to surface at the New York Film Festival... or land a stateside distributor, and subsequent legal problems with the Cornell Woolrich estate about its adaptation of a Woolrich story kept it out of reach for a good many years afterwards. Consequently it never had a chance to be become canonized when Fassbinder was still in vogue in the states."
That story is called "For the Rest of Her Life" and it is apparently hard to get one's hands upon because it was first printed in an obscure mystery magazine, although it is apparently included in this out-of-print book... which maybe is the one I should have found a copy of, now that I think about it. Well we'll see how the first book goes -- I'll probably wanna keep going after that!