GenreCrime, Drama, Film-Noir ProductionColumbia Pictures CountryUnited States
CastJohn Beal (Milton Higby), Trudy Marshall (Marge Andrews), Jimmy Lloyd (Larry Summers), Helen Mowery (Sally Guthrie), Wilton Graff (Albert Loring), Barbara Read (Martha Higby (as Barbara Reed)) Release dateOctober 9, 1947 (1947-10-09) (United States) WriterJ. Donald Wilson (story), Edward Bock (adaptation), Raymond L. Schrock (adaptation) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, Brooklyn's Finest, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Furious 7, John Wick
Key witness film trailer 1960
Key Witness is a 1947 American thriller film noir directed by D. Ross Lederman and featuring John Beal, Trudy Marshall, Jimmy Lloyd and Helen Mowery.
A man runs away to avoid suspicion of murder and ends up in more trouble.
John Beal as Milton Higby
Trudy Marshall as Marge Andrews
Jimmy Lloyd as Larry Summers
Helen Mowery as Sally Guthrie
Wilton Graff as Albert Loring
Barbara Read as Martha Higby
Charles Trowbridge as John Ballin
Harry Hayden as Custer Bidwell
William Newell as Smiley
Selmer Jackson as Edward Clemmons
Robert Williams as Officer Johnson
When the film was released in 1947, critic Bosley Crowther, was sly in his negative review, "The moral of Key Witness, which came to the Rialto yesterday, it says, is that 'no man can escape trouble by trying to run away from it.' This wisdom is demonstrated in the adventures of a desperate young man who attempts to get out of one involvement by changing his identity—and runs into others thereby ... There might also be drawn this moral from the evidence presented here: you can't often be sure of entertainment from that which is claimed to be."