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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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Stars: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn
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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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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Albert's station wagon is a 1953 Ford Customline Country sedan. Original MSRP was around $2,270 ($20,900 in 2017). At auction an example in excellent condition could fetch around $35,000 in 2017. Detective Williams drives a 1953 Ford 4-door sedan. See more »

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When Larry drops Cheryl off at work after lunch, in long shots his car is light-colored, but in close-ups of the two of them talking - obviously done in the studio with rear projection behind them - the car is black and the right front fender antenna is missing. 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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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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Nowhere Blues
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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Too Many Logic Issues Ruin Great Performances
27 December 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Witness to Murder (1954)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Great performances are somewhat wasted in this thriller that simply has way too many logical problems to really work. Cheryl (Barbara Stanwyck) wakes up one night and looks across the street to an open window where she sees a man (George Sanders) kill a woman. Cheryl goes to the police but they don't believe her and after a while they start to think she's the one that is crazy. She strikes up a relationship with the lead detective (Gary Merrill) but the only person who knows she's telling the truth is the killer himself. WITNESS TO MURDER features three great performances from the leads but sadly there are just way too many logic issues that keep this from being a complete winner. As many other reviewers have pointed out, there were times where I wanted to jump through the screen and just smack the detective and those helping on this case. It doesn't help that right from the start no one is taking the woman serious because if anyone had done the smallest amount of work then there were all sorts of signs that she was telling the truth. Another big problem is that the Sanders character can pretty much do whatever he wants, no matter how silly it is, and the police will never question it. After a while you pretty much just have to throw your hands in the air. Another major problem I had was with the music score, which was just constantly on and being way too dramatic for its own good. With that said, the three leads really make the film worth watching and especially Sanders who is terrific as the villain. He does a great job at playing this rather dark character and I loved the way the actor played it up to scare Stanwyck while playing it cool and collective whenever facing the police. Director Roy Rowland does a nice job with the ending, which contains some suspense but sadly the screenplay doesn't give him more to work with.


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