Witness to Murder (1954)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Apr 15, 1954 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) witnesses a murder in the apartment opposite her bedroom window. The police come, but discover only a respectable author, Dr. Richter (George Sanders). Cheryl investigates anyway, with some encouragement from a homicide lieutenant (Gary Merrill), and finds some corroborating, but inconclusive, evidence. Richter first tries to label Cheryl as mentally-unbalanced. When that fails, he decides to kill her. The plot of this small thriller has obvious similarities to Rear Window, but it is realized in a totally different, quite satisfying manner, due to top-notch performances by Stanwyck and Merrill.

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