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Witness to Murder (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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
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Captain Donnelly
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Charlie
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The story is taking place in Los Angeles, but the map on the wall in Gary Merrill's office is that of San Francisco. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl Draper: You don't expect me to deny something I saw with my own eyes. And I did see him kill her.
Lawrence Mathews: Eyewitnesses have been known to be wrong. They've sworn many an innocent man into jail.
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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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Stanwyck does it again !
25 November 2001 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

I have been a fan of Stanwycks since I was a child (now 55 yrs)..saw and thought I knew most of her films from mid 30's- on to the TV years. Somehow, Witness To Murder escaped me, until I saw it listed to be shown on TCM (thank you Ted), this weekend 11/23, I believe... I set my vcr, and was not disappointed, what an outstanding film noir this is.. yet no one ever mentions or discusses this one !!!Stanwyck is just as good as she was in Sorry Wrong Number, maybe more controlled... Plot is similar to Hitcocks Rear Window, but it has many more twists and turns. Supporting cast is great, including 2 All About Eve alumni.. George Sanders, playing a sadistic Nazi (yes) murderer his best work since Eve, and Gary Merrill, portraying a police detective...You can see future star and Oscar nominee, Juanita Moore, (Imitation of Life '58) in an assylum scene, very effective, and Jesse White, as Merrills partner giving some comic relief... Wow, couldnt stop watching... Great to see this ignored film from mid 1950's. Is it on tape ?? Aside #1: Gary Merrill was married to Bette Davis at the time... She and Stanwyck did not get along...I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when Gary came home from work... during the filming of Witness.

Aside# 2: Stanwyck was the most prolific actress in Hollywood history!! She just kept turning them out. I remember my parents taking us to our local theatre, Regent, in Newark, NJ.. and every other week so it seemed was a Stanwyck movie... We had just seen her in Titanic, and soon she would be in Executive Suite.... what a pro, what a career, what an actress... she was such a family favorite that my older sister was named after her, Barbara......


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