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Witness to Murder (1954)

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A woman's sanity comes into question, after she claims to have witnessed a murder from her apartment window.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Cheryl Draper
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Albert Richter
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Lawrence Mathews
Jesse White ...
Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon ...
Captain Donnelly
Claire Carleton ...
May - Mental Patient
Lewis Martin ...
Psychiatrist
Dick Elliott ...
Apartment Manager
Harry Tyler ...
Charlie
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Negress - Mental Patient
Joy Hallward ...
Fellow Worker
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
The Old Lady - Mental Patient (as Adeline de Walt Reynolds)
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Storyline

Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) sees a murder through her bedroom window, but no one will believe her. She is stalked by the suave killer ('George Sanders'), who first takes steps to convince police she is crazy, but she has ally in a sympathetic policeman (Gary Merrill). Written by <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Topping the Thrills Of "DOUBLE INDEMNITY" and "SORRY, WRONG NUMBER!" See more »


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15 April 1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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When the police confront Cheryl Draper with the second letter she supposedly typed (with her typewriter present, to prove it matches), it isn't in the typeface of the letter we saw Richter retype on her typewriter, but in the quite different typeface of his original typing. See more »

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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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In this effective, pre-feminist potboiler, the Barbara Stanwyck character is considered an unreliable witness because she's a middle-aged, single, career woman.
29 January 2004 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

In addition to its solid performances, tight storytelling and John Alton's superior cinematography, what makes "Witness to Murder" particularly powerful today is the movie's pre-feminist view of its leading character's dilemma. "But I saw the murder, I SAW the murder," the Stanwyck character insists. Yet no one believes her because 1) she's a woman; 2) she's unmarried; 3) she's menopausal. Nobody even blinks an eye when she's dumped in a mental hospital, which gets viewers really riled because they share her point of view. The audience sees the murder along with Stanwyck and can feel her humiliation, anger and frustration. That's why the movie works.


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