|Witness to Murder poster (fair use image from Wikipedia)|
As an amuse-bouche for the upcoming second annual George Sanders Film Festival and to go with the film noir theme, I present: Witness to Murder (Roy Rowland, 1954) starring George Sanders and Barbara Stanwyck. Granted, I'll watch just about anything with George Sanders in it and almost anything with Barbara Stanwyck (man, I've sat through some clunkers), so naturally I was going to watch this movie.
Barbara Stanwyck plays an old-maid interior designer who witnesses across-the-street neighbor George Sanders in the act of murdering some blonde tramp in front of his living room window. At this point, I was worrying the film would just be a rehashing of Shock, a Vincent Price movie in which Price's character murders his wife in front of a window in a hotel room. Drapes, people! Close them before you murder someone!
|Examples of noir lighting! (screen captures)|
In all, if it's a rainy Sunday afternoon and you don't feel like working too hard at watching a movie, Witness to Murder fits the bill. Yeah, it's silly, but it's fun. Let's face it--George Sanders's bad guys are the best.
In honor of the to-be-restored film, I cooked an adaptation of this 1950 menu from Ladies' Home Journal*:
|More food than I've ever prepared for one meal|
Clockwise from pie:
Chocolate Chiffon Pie
Broccoli au gratin
Green Salad with Bacon Dressing and Avocado
This was the first time I've ever deep-fried anything, so I was both nervous and excited. I also couldn't believe how much Crisco was required! Anyhow, the fries were amazing. Now I need to make donuts!
Everything was amazing except for the Shrimp-and-Grapefruit Cocktail. It looks really jolly, but it didn't taste like anything except grapefruit. I ended up finding a container of Long John Silver's cocktail sauce in the fridge and dunking the shrimp in that, which made it tasty.
- Make pie dough, chill 30 minutes, then roll out and blind bake. Cool completely.
- Make gelatin portion of pie filling. Chill.
- Prepare shrimp-and-grapefruit cocktail.
- Prepare lettuce for salad--store in the refrigerator.
- Broil bacon for salad.
- Finish pie filling, fill pie, chill in the refrigerator.
- Peel, wash and cut fries. Soak in ice water 1 hour, then dry, wrap in towel and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
- Heat oven to 350.
- Make Broccoli au gratin and bake.
- Deep fry the fries in batches--drain then keep warm on baking sheet in oven (top rack).
- Meanwhile, make the bacon dressing.
- Next make the steaks. While they cook, assemble the salad.
- Rest the steaks and assemble shrimp-and-grapefruit cocktail.
- Dress the green salad and plate steaks and fries.
If you need a shortcrust pastry recipe, click here.
|Ladies' Home Journal, March 1950; from Juliana Daniel|
|This is an ad for our bedroom suite--we have the four-poster bed|