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Key Witness (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 October 1960 (USA)
In Los Angeles, a brave witness to murder agrees to testify in court against the street gang leader who's desperate to silence him.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Alfred Brenner (screenplay), Sidney Michaels (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Fred Morrow
Pat Crowley ... Ann Morrow
Dennis Hopper ... William 'Cowboy' Tomkins
Joby Baker ... Muggles
Susan Harrison ... Ruby
Johnny Nash ... Apple
Corey Allen ... Magician
Frank Silvera ... Det. Rafael Torno
Bruce Gordon ... Arthur Robbins
Terry Burnham Terry Burnham ... Gloria Morrow
Dennis Holmes ... Phil Morrow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilda Haynes Hilda Haynes ... Apple's Mother (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

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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Violence... vengeance in the big city! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wölfe von Los Angeles See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$857,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film is often considered to be the first neo-noir. See more »

Quotes

William 'Cowboy' Tomkins: What do I get, green stamps?
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Soundtracks

Ruby Duby Doo
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Wolcott
Performed by Charles Wolcott conducting the MGM Studio Orchestra
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Really a solid "B" movie
18 July 2004 | by eman_grooveSee all my reviews

This movie really had me laughing and rolling in my lounge chair. The corny lines and predicaments the main characters were faced with let you know how advanced the screenplay writer was in the 50's & 60's. The so-called "hip-talk" was so funny that I know the actors probably had to do several takes to keep from laughing at themselves saying the lines. This movie believe it or not touches on the urban social conscience of the world too.

I thought Key Witness was interesting. The characters were of different genders, race, class and creed. It also also gave you an understanding about life in East L.A. during the late 50's & early 60's.

If Key Witness was re-made to reflect the times of today, the following actors should be cast in the character roles: Mr. Morrow - David Hasslehoff or Rob Lowe, Mrs. Morrow - Christina Applegate, Cowboy - Brad Pitt, Apple - David Alan Grier or Micheal Beach(Third Watch), Ruby - Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra, Madonna or Melissa Milano or Melissa Rivers (first acting gig) Muggles - Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn or Colin Ferrell, Det. Turno - Obba Obatunde, Giancarlo Espisito, Charles S. Dutton, Magician - Vince Vaughn . The plot would be the same only updated to reflect the times. Its a classic for any young filmmaker to use as a guide and training tool. Check it out!


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