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Witness in the Dark (1959)

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A killer breaks into an apartment to steal a valuable brooch. He kills an old woman, but in fleeing he encounters a young woman on the stairs. In the films most memorable scene, he ... See full summary »



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A killer breaks into an apartment to steal a valuable brooch. He kills an old woman, but in fleeing he encounters a young woman on the stairs. In the films most memorable scene, he discovers she is blind! He sneaks past, but she reaches out and feels his coat. This is the only clue the police have. Later, the killer returns to silence her permanently. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

December 1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Zeuge im Dunkeln  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)| (Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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First released in England in 1959 as a Second feature. In 1961, the film aired on American television on the show Kraft Mystery Theater. The next year it won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best television episode. See more »

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A delightful British thriller

I enjoyed this little UK thriller, a very short one - 62mn. Not an action packed, shot only indoors, two or three sets, perhaps four.

No many characters, but very effective.

The tale of a blind girl who, by accident, crosses the path of a thief turned killer, who have just murdered the upper flat neighbour - and friend - of the same blind girl.

Of course, there is a police investigation. Cops searching traces of the killer, and asking for help of the blind girl.

i won't say that's a fascinating movie but, unlikely many others of this kind, it's not boring at all. We expect a love affair between the detective in charge of the case and the blind girl; but it seems that we an still wait for it...

I'll put it between Blink and Blind Terror, and perhaps Jennifer Eight. But don't remember if this latest film is about a blind girl...Sorry

Wolf Rilla directed Village of the Damned just after this one. And some years later, he made a remake of Asphalt Jungle: "Cairo".

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