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The Witness Chair (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 24 April 1936 (USA)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ...
Paula Young
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James 'Jim' Trent
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Stanley Whittaker
Frances Sage ...
Constance 'Connie' Trent
Moroni Olsen ...
Lieutenant Poole
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Grace Franklin
Maxine Jennings ...
Tillie Jones
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Benny Ryan (as William Benedict)
Paul Harvey ...
Prosecuting Attorney Martin
Murray Kinnell ...
Defense Attorney Conrick
Charles Arnt ...
Mr. Henshaw
Frank Jenks ...
Roy Levino
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Drama

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Approved
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24 April 1936 (USA)  »

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Den låsta dörren  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the middle of shooting, Ann Harding stated she did not like the script and would not continue, despite having requested that the studio buy the rights to the story and having approved the script earlier. But she finished the movie after RKO threatened to sue her for the amount ($80,000) already spent on the production. See more »

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Give Me My Boots and My Saddle
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Sung a cappella by William 'Billy' Benedict
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Good Actors Prop Up Bad Script
3 October 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of the problems with a lot of courtroom dramas of the 1930s -- and this one in particular -- is that they are mysteries. Now mysteries make good stories and good movies, since they have usually have a fast start -- someone is killed -- and a definite plot -- the detection of the guilty. But when they take place in the courtroom, as does this one, they are largely composed of showing that the accused person did not do it -- and what does that say about all the people involved in the investigation and the prosecution? It results in a certain amount of idiot plotting and I always find that annoying. Lawyers do not ask questions they do not know the answer to, and people do not pop up to confess that they shot the dead man, Perry Mason notwithstanding.

Nonetheless, this movie is not awful, and it is largely due to the work of the actors involved. Walter Abel, as the accused, and Ann Harding, as the secretary who loves him, are fine actors and manage to bring a semblance of emotional reality, if not verisimilitude to this piece of tripe. Not enough to make it worthwhile -- both actors have been much better served -- but enough to keep you watching to the hackneyed end.


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