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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.( Collapse )