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Witness to Murder (1954)

Witness to Murder (1954)

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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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Cast

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

All Critics (3)

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

February 20, 2009 | Full Review…
Urban Cinefile

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

May 1, 2006 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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

September 11, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Witness to Murder

"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

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
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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