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Key Witness (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Crime | 6 October 1960 (USA)
An average Los Angeles citizen witnesses a gang murder when he stops to use a telephone. Aware that he is the only witness against them, the gang members seek out his identity and terrorize... See full summary »

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Fred Morrow
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William 'Cowboy' Tomkins
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Muggles
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Ruby
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Apple
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Arthur Robbins
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Gloria Morrow
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An average Los Angeles citizen witnesses a gang murder when he stops to use a telephone. Aware that he is the only witness against them, the gang members seek out his identity and terrorize him and his family to keep him from testifying against them. Only by psychologically playing one gang member against the others is the man able to bring the police to his rescue. Written by Anonymous

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6 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Die Wölfe von Los Angeles  »

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This film is often considered to be the first neo-noir. See more »

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Magician: Who's on top?
Ruby: Until Cowboy gets back, I'm driving the car.
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Ruby Duby Doo
Written by Charles Wolcott
Performed by Charles Wolcott conducting the MGM Studio Orchestra
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only my most favorite movie ever!
21 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very rarely shown, I was fortunate to have seen it at its release.

Several dozen onlookers witness a daring gang murder, but only LA businessman Fred Morrow agrees to testify. His family is tormented by the youthful thugs, the police being unable to protect them from the gang's attacks and ever increasing violence. Will Morrow hang tough and perform his civic duty or will he recognize his mistake and develop amnesia, thereby allowing one of B-movie Hollywood's most brazen killers to go free? The theme music ("Ruby Duby Du"), written by Charles Wolcott, is absolutely haunting, and is far and away my favorite instrumental.

Jeffrey Hunter, Dennis Hopper, Pat Crowley, Johnny Nash and Susan Harrison make for a top-notch cast.

Four years after its release I met a person who likewise considered "Key Witness" his favorite movie. Forty-two years later we remain best friends.


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