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70,000 Witnesses (1932)

College football player (Phillips Holmes)is asked to dope a star teammate by his crooked gambler brother(Lew Cody).He refuses, but they player is doped anyway,and collapses and dies. A ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph Murphy

Writers:

Cortland Fitzsimmons (novel), Garrett Fort (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Phillips Holmes ... Buck Buchan
Dorothy Jordan ... Dorothy Clark
Charles Ruggles ... Johnny Moran (as Charlie Ruggles)
Johnny Mack Brown ... Wally Clark
Lew Cody ... Slip Buchanan
David Landau ... Dan McKenna
J. Farrell MacDonald ... State Coach (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Kenneth Thomson ... Dr. Collins (as Kenneth Thompson)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Connors (as Guinn Williams)
Walter Hiers ... Old Grad
Paul Page ... Greenwood
Reed Howes ... Southard
George Rosener ... Ortello (as George Rosner)
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College football player (Phillips Holmes)is asked to dope a star teammate by his crooked gambler brother(Lew Cody).He refuses, but they player is doped anyway,and collapses and dies. A Detective (David Landau) has the whole game re-enacted to find important clues. Written by WesternOne

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1932 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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Antique Athletes
27 September 2016 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"70,000 Witnesses" is an extremely old football movie with stars who are long gone. It is a murder mystery which works until the murder and murderer are uncovered by Det. David Landau, one of my old time favorites. Johnny Mack Brown is the murdered player, and Philips Holmes is the leading man of the piece.

Much footage is shot in the Los Angeles Coliseum and some stock footage of games is used. This, as reviewers have noted, is supposed to be the big game between State and University, a clever use of school names. All goes well until the last half hour. Then takes place one of the most labored and preposterously contrived solutions to a murder in modern forensic science, which I thought was an anticlimax to a fairly good mystery up to that time. I was surprised to learn that it was a hit in its time, which just goes to show that you can fool some of the people some of the time - especially if it's a depression era audience.


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