Witness to Murder (1954)
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as Cheryl Draper
as Albert Richter
as Lawrence Mathews
as Eddie Vincent
as Capt. Donnelly
as The Blonde
as Apartment Manager
as Woman's Coworker
as Old Lady
as Cop (uncredited)
as Cop (uncredited)
as Plainclothes Man (uncredited)
as Tommy - Counterman (uncredited)
as Nurse (uncredited)
as Nurse in Mental Ward (uncredited)
as Waiter (uncredited)
as Joyce Stewart - Victim (uncredited)
Critic Reviews for Witness to Murder
The story is strong and well told, building tension in the final act, delivering a satisfying payoff
This threadbare little thriller looks like it was written and shot over a weekend.
Audience Reviews for Witness to Murder
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.
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.
"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.
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