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Hostile Witness (1968)

GP | | Drama | November 1968 (UK)
When the daughter of Simon Crawford, a successful barrister, is killed in what seems to be a hit and run accident, and the police are unable to find the culprit, Crawford swears that he ... See full summary »

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Simon Crawford - Q.C.
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Sheila Larkin
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Justice Osborne
Raymond Huntley ...
John Naylor
Geoffrey Lumsden ...
Major Hugh Beresford Maitland
Norman Barrs ...
Charles Milburn
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Justice Matthew Gregory
Dulcie Bowman ...
Lady Phyllis Gregory
Ewan Roberts ...
Hamish Gillespie
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Supt. Eley
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Dr. Wimborne
Sandra Tallent ...
Joanna Crawford (as Sandra Fehr)
Edward Waddy ...
Usher
Maggie Rennie ...
Julia Kelly (as Maggie McGrath)
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Clerk of Court
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When the daughter of Simon Crawford, a successful barrister, is killed in what seems to be a hit and run accident, and the police are unable to find the culprit, Crawford swears that he will find the driver of the car, and take revenge. Later when his neighbour is killed in a staged burglary, the blame falls on Crawford, when a letter is found implicating the neighbour in the death of Crawford's daughter. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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November 1968 (UK)  »

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20-nen me no fukushû  »

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Ray Milland returned to the theater for the first time in many years when he starred in Jack Roffey's play on Broadway (where it was as big a success as it had been in London). Milland enjoyed his experience so much that he determined to make a film of it, with himself directing. However, the film was a big flop; although made in 1968, it got no British release until 1970, when it was critically derided. See more »

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Hamish Gillespie: Sheila seems a bit tensed up. What have you been saying to her?
Simon Crawford - Q.C.: Nothing that shouldn't have been said a long time ago. Here, help yourself to a delicious glass of water.
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Logan's Run - OK Not Quite
26 October 2008 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable, entertaining, somewhat stagy film version of play Hostile Witness stars Ray Milland(who also directs) as a barrister who having lost his daughter to a hit-and-run driver vows vengeance on the man responsible. This leads to his eventual arrest under a series of intriguing red herrings and some interesting if not wholly plausible logic. Milland gives a , how shall I put it , a strong - STRONG - performance. He barks out nearly everything he says and looks like he'll pop a vein any minute. He is enjoyable nonetheless. The rest of the cast of British stalwarts make for good viewing as well. Sylvia Syms as a junior barrister is particularly strong as is Geoffrey Lumsden as a provincial older military relic - totally out of step with reality in many ways and very engaging to watch. Hostile Witness is nothing great or profound by any means but makes for a good, old-fashioned courtroom drama/mystery.


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