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Witness to Murder (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Crime | 15 April 1954 (USA)
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
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Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon ...
Captain Donnelly
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May - Mental Patient
Lewis Martin ...
Psychiatrist
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Apartment Manager
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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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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

George Sanders and Gary Merrill had previously worked together on _All About Eve_. See more »

Goofs

When Cheryl first runs up the stairs of the building under construction there are a couple of current-day cars, and about a dozen spectators. A few minutes later on the top as she looks down, there are well over a hundred spectators, street flares, and several vintage 1930s era vehicles, which clearly indicate this is stock footage from a much earlier production. See more »

Quotes

The Old Lady - Mental Patient: Show Mr. Peabody into the library please.
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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

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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