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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

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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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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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Released less than a month before _Rear Window (1954)_, to which the film bears plot similarities. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 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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