6.1/10
67
3 user 1 critic

The Witness Chair (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 April 1936 (USA)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Psychiatrist finds herself falling for her patient.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Ann Harding, Herbert Marshall, Maureen O'Sullivan
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars: Ann Harding, Basil Rathbone, Binnie Hale
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Dr "Peggy" Simmons, a successful and respected plastic surgeon, encounters job stress beyond her control. Lacking a social side to her harried life and desperately seeking romance, she ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Ann Harding, Robert Young, Nils Asther
Holiday (1930)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Ann Harding, Mary Astor, Edward Everett Horton
Devotion (1931)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The poor, downtrodden (beautiful, of course) "dutiful" daughter in a London society family falls for a barrister, disguises herself, and takes a job as governess to his son. Adapted from ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Milton
Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Robert Williams
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.

Director: Robert Milton
Stars: Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, Zasu Pitts
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »

Directors: Harry Beaumont, Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

John Shadwell, a promising politician, is married to Laura but is in love with Vergie Winters, a milliner from his home town. As Shadwell's political career blooms, gossip and rumors begin ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Ann Harding, John Boles, Helen Vinson
Condemned (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Ronald Colman, Ann Harding, Dudley Digges
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Tom Collier has had a great relationship with Daisy, but when he decides to marry, it is not Daisy whom he asks, it is Cecelia. After the marriage, Tom is bored with the social scene and ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor
Stars: Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Civilized wife (Anne Talbot) doesn't protest when husband (Dr. Talbot) runs off with uncivilized professional golfer pretending to be civilized (Gerry). Is he sorry!

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: Ann Harding, Herbert Marshall, Margaret Lindsay
The Fountain (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden and finds living there, but now ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Ann Harding, Brian Aherne, Paul Lukas
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den låsta dörren  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Soundtracks

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching)
Music and Lyrics by George Frederick Root (1864)
Sung a cappella by William 'Billy' Benedict with modified lyrics
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Witness Chair (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?