Key Witness (1947 film)

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]

Key Witness
Theatrical release poster
Directed byD. Ross Lederman
Produced byRudolph C. Flothow
Screenplay byEdward Bock
Story byJ. Donald Wilson
StarringJohn Beal
Trudy Marshall
Jimmy Lloyd
CinematographyPhilip Tannura
Edited byDwight Caldwell
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 9, 1947 (1947-10-09) (United States)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States


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]


  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.
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