Witness to Murder

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From her window, Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) sees a neighbor, Albert Richter (George Sanders), murder a young woman. When Cheryl goes to the police, they cannot find any evidence because Richter has hidden the body. Cheryl persists in her claims without evidence, leading concerned policeman Larry Mathews (Gary Merrill) to worry that she is becoming obsessed. After Richter becomes aware of Cheryl's accusations, he conspires to make it appear that she is insane.

Cast & Crew

Barbara Stanwyck
Cheryl Draper
George Sanders
Albert Richter
Gary Merrill
Lawrence Mathews
Jesse White
Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon
Captain Donnelly
Lewis Martin
Psychiatrist
Dick Elliott
Apartment Manager
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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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