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57 Ratings

Witness to Murder

Directed by Roy Rowland
United States, 1954
Drama, Crime, Thriller


Cheryl Draper, without a doubt, witnessed a murder. But when she reports the incident, the police conclude she was dreaming. Now, the killer, Albert Richter, will see to it that Cheryl ceases to claim what she saw.

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Witness to Murder Directed by Roy Rowland

Critics reviews

it’s pretty edgy and scary stuff, helped along by superb cinematography from John Alton and a capacity for telling most of the story in terms of details, observations, and deductions without any dialogue. I suspect the principal auteur here is producer-writer Chester Erskine, though it’s worth adding that both Ted Geisel (i.e., Dr. Seuss) and Janet Leigh expressed some affection and admiration for Rowland, a mainly unsung director, in separate conversations with me.
June 27, 2016
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It starts as a Rear Window variant — from her apartment, Barbara Stanwyck sees George Sanders strangle a woman in his — but then dives in Snake Pit–ish paranoia, as smoothy Sanders frames Stanwyck as a institutionalizable mental patient and reveals himself to be a “reformed” Nazi secretly scheming to take over the world.
June 22, 2016
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