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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.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writer:

Chester Erskine (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Cheryl Draper
George Sanders ... Albert Richter
Gary Merrill ... Lawrence Mathews
Jesse White ... Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon ... Captain Donnelly
Claire Carleton ... May - Mental Patient
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Psychiatrist
Dick Elliott ... Apartment Manager
Harry Tyler ... Charlie
Juanita Moore ... Negress - Mental Patient
Joy Hallward Joy Hallward ... Fellow Worker
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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ALL THE WAY DOWN, SHE KEPT SCREAMING ... "He Pushed Me ... He Pushed Me ... He Pushed Me ..." See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Testigo del crimen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

About 1:10 into the film, Cheryl drives by the brightly lit facade of the Four Star Theatre on Wilshire Blvd., where Marlon Brando in Julius Caesar was enjoying its exclusive Los Angeles premiere engagement. See more »

Goofs

When Richter is reading the newspapers at his desk, the drapes are open because Cheryl sees him from her apartment. After Cheryl leaves his apartment with him leaning up against the desk, the drapes are closed behind him. See more »

Quotes

The Old Lady - Mental Patient: Show Mr. Peabody into the library please.
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Connections

References Julius Caesar (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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Tomorrow the World
30 April 2002 | by howdymaxSee 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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