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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

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
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Audience Reviews for Witness to Murder

½

I'm not used to being accused of murder. A woman thinks she witnesses a murder and immediately calls the police. The police and a detective come immediately to her and listen to her story. Her story has so many holes the concept of a murder having actually taken place seems unlikely. The detective tries to meet with her regularly to hear her thoughts and make sure she is okay, but her persistence in pursuing the case may lead to her needing mental help. "It could be worse tomorrow." "That's what I am afraid of." Roy Rowland, director of Meet me in Las Vegas, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Man Called Gringo, and The Moonlighter, delivers Witness to Murder. The storyline for this picture is worthwhile and a little like Rear Window. The acting was very good and the cast includes Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, and Juanita Moore. "I have nothing to fear from you. You're insane." I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to DVR it. This was a good movie and was well paced. Stanwyck delivers a solid lead performance. While this is entertaining, it isn't a classic or as good as several Hitchcock films released in this era of a similar feel. "All fixations are pretense." Grade: C+/B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Kind of a simlar plot to Rear Window odd considering they were both released in the same year. Stanwyck does a great job playing a woman holding on to knowing that she is not going mad and did see murder.

Joe Sicari
Joe Sicari

"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

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