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Witness to Murder (15-Apr-1954)

Director: Roy Rowland

Writer: Chester Erskine

Music Composed and Directed by: Herschel Burke Gilbert

Producer: Chester Erskine

Keywords: Drama, Film Noir, Murder Witness

A professional woman believes she witnesses the strangulation murder of a female in the apartment across the way; police investigate but cannot corroborate her story. As a hysterical post-menopausal and unmarried woman in the 1950s, she is of course immediately thrown into a mental asylum. B-grade film noir with minor flaws, though Barbara Stanwyck truly shines. Compare Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954), released nine months later.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Gary Merrill
2-Aug-1915 5-Mar-1990 All About Eve
Juanita Moore
19-Oct-1922 31-Dec-2013 Imitation of Life
George Sanders
3-Jul-1906 25-Apr-1972 The Saint Strikes Back
Barbara Stanwyck
16-Jul-1907 20-Jan-1990 Double Indemnity
Jesse White
3-Jan-1917 9-Jan-1997 The Maytag Repairman, 1967-88


Barbara Stanwyck   ...   Cheryl Draper
George Sanders   ...   Albert Richter
Gary Merrill   ...   Lawrence Mathews
Jesse White   ...   Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon   ...   Capt. Donnelly
Claire Carleton   ...   The Blonde
Lewis Martin   ...   Psychiatrist
Dick Elliott   ...   Apartment Manager
Harry Tyler   ...   Charlie
Juanita Moore   ...   Negress
Joy Hallward   ...   Fellow Worker
Adeline de Walt Reynolds   ...   The Old Lady


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