Witness to Murder

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The witness of the title is Barbara Stanwyck, who insists she's seen a man strangling a girl in the apartment across the street. The murderer is George Sanders, an ex-Nazi with plenty of experience in covering his tracks. Deftly disposing of body and clues, Sanders is able to convince the authorities that Stanwyck is hallucinating. But Stanwyck persists, forcing Sanders to show his hand in a fateful climax. Witness to Murder is far beneath the talents of its stars, though both Stanwyck and Sanders, pros that they are, give the material the old "Academy Award" treatment.

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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 (uncredited)
Sam Edwards
as Tommy - Counterman (uncredited)
Jean Fenwick
as Nurse (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb
as Nurse in Mental Ward (uncredited)
Ted Thorpe
as Waiter (uncredited)
Lyn Thomas
as Joyce Stewart - Victim (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Witness to Murder

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Audience Reviews for Witness to Murder

  • Jun 26, 2017
    This could have been a great one as George Sanders delivers an excellent performance as the bad guy. He's spotted committing a murder and he then fiendishly goes about casting the witness to the crime as mentally unhinged. Problem is that Barbara Stanwyck is too strong a figure to make us believe she'd be mentally manipulated. Add to that Gary Merrill's implausible character of a disbelieving cop/love interest and this thing just doesn't work. The music score is awful, but the film noir cinematography is superb.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2016
    A poor man's Hitchcock film, which lacks tension and coherence, and with many instances of questionable character motivations. On the other hand, it is nice to see a 47-year-old Barbara Stanwyck in the leading role, and there are some nice scenes in the mental hospital. It's got so many problems, though, that you're happy it's only 83 minutes long. You can certainly do better.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2012
    "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 E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer

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