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Witness to Murder (1954)

Witness to Murder (1954)

Witness to Murder





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Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) witnesses a murder in the apartment opposite her bedroom window. The police come, but discover only a respectable author, Dr. Richter (George Sanders). Cheryl investigates anyway, with some encouragement from a homicide lieutenant (Gary Merrill), and finds some corroborating, but inconclusive, evidence. Richter first tries to label Cheryl as mentally-unbalanced. When that fails, he decides to kill her. The plot of this small thriller has obvious similarities to Rear Window, but it is realized in a totally different, quite satisfying manner, due to top-notch performances by Stanwyck and Merrill.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Chester Erskine, Nunnally Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2014
United Artists

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Barbara Stanwyck
as Cheryl Draper
George Sanders
as Albert Richter
Gary Merrill
as Lawrence Mathews
Jesse White
as Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon
as Capt. Donnelly
Claire Carleton
as The Blonde
Lewis Martin
as Psychiatrist
Dick Elliott
as Apartment Manager
Harry Tyler
as Charlie
Joy Hallward
as Woman's Coworker
Gertrude Graner
as Policewoman
Brad Trumbull
as Cop (uncredited)
Hugh Sheraton
as Cop (uncredited)
Fred Graham
as Plainclothes Man (un...
Sam Edwards
as Tommy - Counterman (...
Jean Fenwick
as Nurse (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb
as Nurse in Mental Ward...
Ted Thorpe
as Waiter (uncredited)
Lyn Thomas
as Joyce Stewart - Vict...
Lewis Martin
as Psychiatrist
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Critic Reviews for Witness to Murder

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The story is strong and well told, building tension in the final act, delivering a satisfying payoff

Full Review… | February 20, 2009
Urban Cinefile

This threadbare little thriller looks like it was written and shot over a weekend.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

The camerawork of John Alton is the star of this vehicle.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Witness to Murder

A timeless plot that somehow reminded me of Hitchcock's Rear Window. Strangely when checking the dates for the films, they were both released in the same year (I wonder if one influenced the other and if so in which order).

Very much in the style of a Hitchcock film, conspiracy, fear, cover ups..it has it all.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

"Witness to Murder" is another one of those Barbara Stanwyck vehicles from the 50s that isn't inspired, well-made or worth anyone's time. Stanwyck does her usual overacting and is consistently shown up by George Sanders, who is cool and relaxed in his villainous role. The film feels hastily thrown together and incomplete, which stems from an unoriginal screenplay, dull direction and haphazard editing, and it just isn't good in any aspect.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

Fast paced little murder thriller enhanced very much by Barbara Stanwyck?s presence and a solid supporting cast. Fast pacing helps, the score is a little much at times. Good photography and screenplay.

James Higgins

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