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
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Psychiatrist
Dick Elliott ... Apartment Manager
Harry Tyler ... Charlie
Juanita Moore ... Negress
Joy Hallward Joy Hallward ... Fellow Worker
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... The Old Lady (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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Cheryl's unusual little sports car is a 1953 Hillman Minx Mark VI convertible coupe. Original MSRP was $1,899 (about $18,300 in 2017). At auction in 2017, in excellent condition, it could fetch around $15,000. It's not very popular due to its small 77 cubic inch (1.3L) engine producing only 38 hp. It's main attraction was its high gas mileage - for the time - and not its 68 mph top speed, or that it took a whopping 36 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. The Mark VI was made only in the 1953 model year. See more »

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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) nor 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

Remade as Lux Video Theatre: Witness to Murder (1956) See more »

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Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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typical of this genre, but good
22 December 2000 | by rj-27See all my reviews

It's interesting that both this film and "Rear Window" came out in the same year, since the base plot is identical: person witnessess murder through apartment window in opposing apartment and spends rest of movie trying to convince everone else what they saw. While the Hitchcock movie is more stylish and elaborate, this film definitely keeps your attention. Typical of movies of the 50's, the villain is disposed of in the climax, thereby eliminating any necessity of bringing them to justice. Stanwyck, as usual, gives her best "woman in distress", hysterical performance.


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USA

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

15 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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