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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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May - Mental Patient
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Psychiatrist
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Apartment Manager
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Charlie
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Negress - Mental Patient
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Fellow Worker
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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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Trivia

In an unusual connection for the time, or possibly a product placement, where Cheryl worked - the W&J Sloan Company in Beverly Hills - was a real furniture and interior decorating firm founded in New York City in 1843. It went bankrupt in 1985. And, according to the end credits, the company supplied set decorations and furnishings for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Richter arrives for the first time at Lt. Mathews' office, he greets Cheryl Draper by name, but he has neither met her previously (except as a shadow behind her curtain) or been told her name. 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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Connections

References Dragnet (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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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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