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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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THE SUSPENSE SHOCK OF THE YEAR! 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 Richter is reading the newspapers at his desk, the drapes are open because Cheryl sees him from her apartment. After Cheryl leaves his apartment with him leaning up against the desk, the drapes are closed behind him. See more »

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References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »

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Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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Great example of "Film Noir:" Just watching the patterns of shadows is a treat
26 July 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is a great example of "film noir," as every scene has some sort of shadow pattern on the wall, the floor, the faces. All shots are done with key light on the faces. The patterns suggest "jail," "locked up," "flight" (as in a train track), "trapped," (as in a cobweb), and others. There isn't one scene that doesn't have a shadow in it! Even the day time sequences. And the actors that had great careers: Stanwyck, Gary Merrill, Claude Akins, even Jesse (the original maytag repairman) White, and, of course, George Sanders, who plays a "deNazified" ex-Nazi. Whew! Great stuff.


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