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Good murder thriller with plot flaws galore
I have seen this movie 2 or 3 times now and agree with Pete and Jarrod M about "plot holes" and the like!! How did the police get her typewriter w/out a warrant?? George Sanders' character typed letter#2 w/out gloves and would have left prints all over the keys. Also, the Police Captain just committed Barbara Stanwyck's character without a court order after believing some flimsy info. All in all, however, still entertaining if you don't overanalyze it......it's worth the 94 min. to view it!!!!
Where Was Macready
Think I prefer Macready to Sanders in this kind of role,as he looked so Aryan with blond hair/blue eyes vs Sanders dark hair and eyes,and can't stand his superior attitude or voice,Macready easier on my eyes.Perfect movie,showed late and highly enjoyed!
Barbara Stanwyck's car
Barbara drive a 1953 Hillman Minx Phase VI convertible in this movie.
Trusting a Nazi with Anger Issues
I enjoyed this movie on many levels, particularly the acting, cinematography and directing. The story was suspenseful, but there are some problems. Spoilers (maybe). I couldn't understand how the police could believe a Nazi (supposedly former) with severe megalomania issues, which he proudly publishes in a book over a well-adjusted and respected career woman. He even praises the virtues of violence as a means to humankind's evolution. She points this out, but the police waive her off with pseudo psychology about it all being a bad dream. Then again, this was the 50's and maybe they did value even this guy's warped mind over a career woman's (or any woman's) opinions. So much, in fact, they readily classify her as the crazy one. Maybe that was the subversive theme here, although, sadly, I think it was just a reflection of the times.
response to giorgio
Giorgio, you would do well to watch Rear Window again.
WITNESS TO MURDER
JUST WATCHED THIS FLICK, THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY GOOD. I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF CAR SHE WAS DRIVING IN THIS MOVIE.
Better Than Rear Window
Great film,loved Barbara and George combo.
- David Herdendorf
I have watched a lot of old black and white crime movies. When Watching them, I like to see who is in the movies that I have seen before. I wish they could bring back some of these old movies as a regular series. The movies deserve a lot more viewing than they get. Please keep showing more of these movies.
film noir gem
Great cinamatography by John Alton. George Sanders and Barbara Stanwick are perfect. Very suspenseful.
- Jarrod McDonald
Great use of Los Angeles exteriors, especially the apartment buildings and high rise development. Also, the interactions between Stanwyck and her costars are excellent. The roles are pretty much would you would expect for these actors: Stanwyck is tough; Sanders is cagey; and Merrill is dependable and likable. It's particularly fun to see Sanders and Stanwyck go toe to toe. There's one major plot hole: Sanders' character keeps the first letter he claims that she has sent him and turns it into the police along with the second letter he has composed on her typewriter. The second letter would definitely incriminate her, but the police would know that the first letter was typed on a different machine, unless Sanders re-typed it on Stanwyck's typewriter. We don't see that on-screen and so we are to assume that it's still the original letter he typed on his own typewriter at home.
Witness To Murder (1954)
- James Higgins
Fast paced little murder thriller enhanced very much by Barbara Stanwyck's presence and a solid supporting cast. Fast pacing helps, the score is a little much at times. Good photography and screenplay.
Right up there with Rear Window.
This movie is about Barbra Stanwyck witnessing a murder from her apartment, no one will believe her. Barbra is great as usual and George Sanders plays a creep.I would like this movie to be better known and maybe(please oh please)a DVD release.It's on TCM on January 12 check it out, you won't be disappointed.