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The Fatal Witness (1945)

Approved | | Mystery | 15 September 1945 (USA)
The young John Bedford fights with his wealthy old aunt Lady Elizabeth Ferguson. She is sure John stole her emerald brooch. The next morning Lady Elizabeth is found murdered. Scotland Yard ... See full summary »

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Richard Fraser ...
Inspector William 'Bill' Trent
George Leigh ...
John Bedford
Barbara Everest ...
Lady Elizabeth Ferguson / Vera Cavanaugh
Barry Bernard ...
Scoggins
Frederick Worlock ...
Sir Humphrey Mong
Virginia Farmer ...
Martha, the maid
Colin Campbell ...
Sir Malcolm Hewitt
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Jepson, the butler
Peggy Jackson ...
Gracie Hallet
Elaine Lange ...
Tillie - pub waitress
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Gus, pubkeeper
Boyd Irwin ...
Randall - the Tailor
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The young John Bedford fights with his wealthy old aunt Lady Elizabeth Ferguson. She is sure John stole her emerald brooch. The next morning Lady Elizabeth is found murdered. Scotland Yard inspector William 'Bill' Trent is on the case and he thinks her nephew was behind it. However, it turns out John was in jail all night because of public drunkenness. Written by Robert

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Listless
1 March 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Plot- A wealthy woman is murdered after she accuses her nephew of stealing a valuable emerald brooch.

I'm not sure I saw the same movie as my colleagues. In my little book, only Evelyn Ankers supplies some spark for what is otherwise a listless hour. Despite several plot wrinkles, neither acting, nor mood is able to heighten these. Generally, the movie manages neither suspense nor atmosphere. Instead events unfold in pedestrian fashion, not helped by actor Fraser's utterly wooden police inspector. Then too, the careless script telegraphs sinister Leigh's guilt early on, despite his apparent alibi. Nor does inattention to vital detail help, as in the case of Scoggin's throttling before being thrown into the river. Even I know accidental drowning would never pass medical muster—death keeps water out of the lungs while finger marks would appear on the throat. I hate to be niggling but such inattention to important detail is plain sloppy on the screenwriter's part. Naturally not much is expected from Republic's drama department, especially when the mechanical Selander is directing and the studio's is branching out from its usual matinée oaters. Unfortunately, this flat-liner doesn't supply much encouragement.


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