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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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Cheryl Draper
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Albert Richter
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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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Trivia

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

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 »

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Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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Tomorrow the World
30 April 2002 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of cat and mouse thriller that we will never make again. It is a movie that went through a process. Someone had an idea, wrote the story, set the atmosphere, and produced a white knuckled mystery. Boy, do I miss film noir.

Barbara Stanwyck plays an intelligent professional woman who sees a woman murdered in the apartment across from her. She calls the police who come to the conclusion she was dreaming. Gary Merrill plays the weary, but sympathetic, detective who investigates. They question the suspect - George Sanders - but he eventually convinces them that she is unbalanced. She becomes more and more desperate for someone to believe her all the while she is being set up. She and Gary Merrill begin to fall in love. He wants to believe her, but George has spun an insidious web. Eventually she finds herself under suspicion and is sent to the cuckoo's nest for observation. There is bizarre confrontation between Barbara and George where he actually admits the murder and proclaims himself the savior of the 4th Reich! You'll have to take it from there.

Barbara Stanwyck was a little past her prime, but she still put out the passion and energy that made her famous. George Sanders really looked tired, but displayed that old world charm that makes little old ladies melt. Gary Merrill is such a likable guy, you tend to forget that he can't act.

There was not one car chase, not one explosion, and no one fired a pistol, never mind a Mach 10. Boy I miss these movies.


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