3 things about Roy Rowland’s WITNESS TO MURDER

Witness to Murder [1954]

1. Would you believe Jesse White as a police detective?
2. “Show Mr. Peabody to the library, please.”
3. The police car pulls up. “What’s going on?”
“Some crazy dame is trying to kill herself!” The bystander points vaguely down the street.

If you’ve ever wondered what Rear Window would be like without well-written characters, a sense of humor, a great score, and genuine suspense, then …

Nevertheless Barbara Stanwyck and George Sanders are always worth watching. And there’s a weirdo vignette in a mental hospital where things come to life for about five minutes. John Alton’s intense, gorgeous cinematography is well above what this film deserves.

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