Four Star Playhouse: Season 2, Episode 5

The Witness (22 Oct. 1953)

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A defense attorney idles in a swank restaurant while his client's on trial for murder. The attorney's PIs search for a female witness who can get the defendant off, so the attorney avoids ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Mike Donegan
James Millican ...
District Attorney
Frank Dana (as Charles Buchinsky)
Marian Carr ...
Alice Dana
Tom Blair (as Strather Martin)
Robert Sherman ...
Philip Baedeker
Walter Sande ...
Charles Evans ...
Nick Dennis ...


A defense attorney idles in a swank restaurant while his client's on trial for murder. The attorney's PIs search for a female witness who can get the defendant off, so the attorney avoids court to keep delaying the trial. But as the judge's temper boils, the attorney wonders if the woman really exists. Written by David Stevens

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See this one just to see Charlie Buchinsky!
1 August 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the four stars in the title of the program, Dick Powell, is the lead in "The Witness" and it's quite well done, though rushed. Donegan is in a fix. He believes his client's story, though no one else seems to believe that he has a good alibi and that he wasn't involved in a robbery that resulted in someone's death. The problem is that detectives (both cops and private detectives) cannot find the lady and the trial has been postponed again and again. Eventually, the judge is going to force the case to proceed--and without the witness, the client (Charlie Buchinsky) will possibly be sent to death row. So, Donegan stalls and stalls and hopes for some sort of miracle. Eventually, he figures out who this mystery lady might be--and for the sake of the client, Donegan's hunch better be right.

Two reasons to see this one is because of the supporting characters. Charlie Buchinsky is Charles Bronson--and for years he went by the name 'Buchinsky'. I think changing it to Bronson was probably a good idea! Additionally, you get to see a young Strother Martin in the show.

Another important reason to see it is that the show is a quality production. It's not surprising that Dick Powell was good here--he was a heck of an actor and showed this after shedding his 1930s 'pretty boy' image. The writing is also quite nice. All this just furthers my respect for this great old show--and fortunately many episodes are available for free download at

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