Witness To Murder
Barbara Stanwyck ■ George Sanders ■ Gary Merrill
Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) sees a murder through her bedroom window, but no one will believe her. She is stalked by the suave killer ('George Sanders'), who first takes steps to convince police she is crazy, but she has ally in a sympathetic policeman (Gary Merrill).
I found this movie while skimming around Netflix bored and looking for something to watch. And even though I'm not really a fan of Barbara Stanwycke I decided to give it a shot. I as quite pleasantly surprised, in fact, I think this is now easily my favorite movie with her in it. Yeah, it's pretty predictable. But there are still some tense scenes, like the entire section in the psych ward.
One of the most impressive things about this film is the use of shadows to add drama to the scenes. Sometimes what you don't directly see is what actually makes a scene, or a movie.
I've been a fan of mysteries, suspense, and Film Noir for years and am always in search of another good book or classic movie. Witness To Murder fit the bill perfectly. An enjoyable way to spend an hour-and-a-half.
Barbara Stanwyck...Cheryl Draper
George Sanders...Albert Richter
Gary Merrill...Lawrence Mathews
Jesse White...Eddie Vincent
Harry Shannon...Captain Donnelly
Linda Vista Apartments, 939 S. Serrano Ave., Los Angeles, CA(Cheryl Draper's apartment building)
Miramonte Terrace, 3400 San Marino St., Los Angeles, CA (Albert Richter's apartment building)
W&J Sloane Building, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA (Cheryl Draper's place of employment)
Hal Roach Studios - 8822 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA (studio)
George Sanders and Gary Merrill had previously worked together on All About Eve.
Released less than a month before Rear Window (1954), to which the film bears plot similarities.
When Cheryl Draper is reading the newspaper article about the dead girl's body being discovered, the top part of the article is about the girl; the rest of the article is about the stock market.