Key Witness (1947 film)

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Key Witness
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by D. Ross Lederman
Screenplay byEdward Bock
Story by J. Donald Wilson
Produced by Rudolph C. Flothow
Starring John Beal
Trudy Marshall
Jimmy Lloyd
Cinematography Philip Tannura
Edited by Dwight Caldwell
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 9, 1947 (1947-10-09)(United States)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States

Key Witness is a 1947 American film noir crime film directed by D. Ross Lederman and starring John Beal, Trudy Marshall and Jimmy Lloyd. [1]



A man runs away to avoid suspicion of murder and ends up in more trouble.



Critical response

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." [2]

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  1. Key Witness at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times , film review, July 30, 1947. Accessed: August 12, 2013.