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Witness in the Dark (1959)

An elderly woman is murdered by a thief, with the only witness a blind girl whom the killer returns to silence permanently.

Director:

Wolf Rilla

Writers:

Leigh Vance (screenplay), John Lemont (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patricia Dainton ... Jane Pringle
Conrad Phillips ... Inspector Coates
Madge Ryan ... Mrs. Finch
Nigel Green ... The Intruder
Enid Lorimer Enid Lorimer ... Mrs. Temple
Richard O'Sullivan ... Don Theobald
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Mr. Finch
Noel Trevarthen ... Sgt. Jones
Maureen O'Reilly Maureen O'Reilly ... Sophie Trellan
Ian Colin Ian Colin ... Supt. Thompson
Larry Burns Larry Burns ... Carter
Ann Wrigg Ann Wrigg ... Woman Neighbour
Frazer Hines ... Newsboy
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A killer breaks into an apartment to steal a valuable brooch. He kills an old woman, but in fleeing he encounters a young woman on the stairs. In the films most memorable scene, he discovers she is blind! He sneaks past, but she reaches out and feels his coat. This is the only clue the police have. Later, the killer returns to silence her permanently. Written by Anonymous

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First released in England in 1959 as a Second feature. In 1961, the film aired on American television on the show Kraft Mystery Theater. The next year it won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best television episode. See more »

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Edited into Kraft Mystery Theater: Witness in the Dark (1961) See more »

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Superior Thriller
29 March 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Enid Lorimer is a sweet little old lady who lives on the topmost floor of the rooming house. Her equally sweet neighbor is Patricia Dainton, a blind PBX operator who thinks she should stop talking about the 2000-pound brooch she has. Too late! The old lady is murdered, and the only witness is Miss Dainton. The papers make a fuss, so the murderer knows who he has to kill.... the woman who has the brooch now.There are movie that are made cheaply and no one cares.

There are movies where there are big, gaping holes in the plot or the lines, or someone who can't act for beans. So when a modest programmer like this comes together under the direction of Wolf Rilla, the result is something that well above average.

Fans of DOCTOR WHO or EMMERDALE will want to see this for an early glimpse of Frazer Hines.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Martor în întuneric See more »

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