Witness to Murder (1954)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Crime  |  15 April 1954 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Cheryl Draper
Albert Richter
Lawrence Mathews
Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon ...
Captain Donnelly
May - Mental Patient
Lewis Martin ...
Dick Elliott ...
Apartment Manager
Harry Tyler ...
Negress - Mental Patient
Joy Hallward ...
Fellow Worker
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
The Old Lady - Mental Patient (as Adeline de Walt Reynolds)


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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No one would believe what she saw that night ... not the police ... not her friends ... no one -- but the murderer himself! See more »


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Release Date:

15 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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George Sanders and Gary Merrill had previously worked together on All About Eve. See more »


After Cheryl leaves the police station, believing that nobody believes her story, she's speeding around curves on a mountain road that's absolutely bone dry. In the shots where the police car is pulling her over, the roads are wet with rain, as they are in the following scenes where the police offers arrive at the apartment building to question the residents. See more »


References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »


Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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Tomorrow the World
30 April 2002 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of cat and mouse thriller that we will never make again. It is a movie that went through a process. Someone had an idea, wrote the story, set the atmosphere, and produced a white knuckled mystery. Boy, do I miss film noir.

Barbara Stanwyck plays an intelligent professional woman who sees a woman murdered in the apartment across from her. She calls the police who come to the conclusion she was dreaming. Gary Merrill plays the weary, but sympathetic, detective who investigates. They question the suspect - George Sanders - but he eventually convinces them that she is unbalanced. She becomes more and more desperate for someone to believe her all the while she is being set up. She and Gary Merrill begin to fall in love. He wants to believe her, but George has spun an insidious web. Eventually she finds herself under suspicion and is sent to the cuckoo's nest for observation. There is bizarre confrontation between Barbara and George where he actually admits the murder and proclaims himself the savior of the 4th Reich! You'll have to take it from there.

Barbara Stanwyck was a little past her prime, but she still put out the passion and energy that made her famous. George Sanders really looked tired, but displayed that old world charm that makes little old ladies melt. Gary Merrill is such a likable guy, you tend to forget that he can't act.

There was not one car chase, not one explosion, and no one fired a pistol, never mind a Mach 10. Boy I miss these movies.

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