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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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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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THE SUSPENSE SHOCK OF THE YEAR! See more »


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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Connections

References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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User Reviews

 
Great movie
13 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this today, also thanks to TCM. It was well-paced and very believable and kept my interest throughout. Stanwyck, Merrill and Sanders were all superb, as were the minor roles well-played. Barbara is one of my very favorite actresses, always bringing professionalism and passion to the roles she played. You just imagined her with a backbone of steel, a perfect feminist heroine, most especially in her later roles. There is not a wasted moment in this film, and I particularly liked the first scene with the windy backdrop, adding an air of foreboding to what was unfolding. NO ONE plays a villain better than George Sanders, and he gives his usual splendid portrayal in this film.


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