February 6th, 2021

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Movie Critique - Witness to Murder

For review of all movies starring Barbara Stanwyck, go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: It does have a few issues with the logic, but there is some great performance by all the cast members. All in all it is a decent film noir to watch on any day.

Witness to Murder is a 1954 American crime drama film noir directed by Roy Rowland and produced by Chester Erskine. The film has Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill, Jesse White and Harry Shannon among others. Screenplay was written by Chester Erskine in collaboration with Nunnally Johnson although not credited. 

Cheryl Draper (portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck) looks out of her bedroom window to see a young woman being strangled to death. However when she calls the police, they don’t find any body and chalk it out as dream or illusion of Cheryl, even though Police Lieutenant Lawrence "Larry" Matthews (portrayed by Gary Merrill) has his own suspicions. And this begins the cat and mouse chase between Cheryl and the suspect while turn after turn the movie starts becoming more and more chilling.

The film plotting was very close to Alfred Hitchcock's American mystery thriller Rear Window which was released a few months after Witness to Murder. Although Rear Window was a smash hit, this film considerably failed at box office, sadly. 

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Movie Critique - Murder Ahoy! & Penguin Pool Murder

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Two delightful murder mysteries with a fusion of comedy and chillness woven within; with some excellent acting from yesteryear star cast.

Two movies from two different series were playing a couple of weeks ago on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel giving me a chance to watch two more movies from the series and finish them.

First up is Murder Ahoy!, a Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple film, the fourth and final one in the series of Agatha Christie's films that she did, released in 1965. The other three were the 1961 Murder, She Said; 1963 Murder at the Gallop and the 1964 Murder Most Foul. This was directed by George Pollock. Charles "Bud" Trigwell as Chief Inspector Craddock and Stringer Davis, Rutherford's real-life husband, as Mr. Stringer re-appear in this film as well. 

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Magic In Tunes - Miss Marple's Theme Song copied to Hindi Song Pyaar Baantte Chalo

Recently I watched four movies of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple character portrayed by Margaret Rutherford - three in one month, and one recently. But all four movies (1961 Murder, She Said; 1963 Murder at the Gallop; 1964 Murder Most Foul; and 1965 Murder Ahoy!), had the same theme music.

It was created by Ron Goodwin which was played not only during the opening and closing credits but also all through the films as background score at key plot points. And every time I heard the song I knew I heard it in a Hindi (= Indian language) film as well. But it took almost 7 months to figure it out, during last week or so when I was watching the final film Murder Ahoy! That everything clicked. So here we are.

This is the Ron Goodwin original that was used in the movie series.

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