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Eye Witness (1950)

Your Witness (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 6 March 1950 (UK)
In 1949, when his former British war buddy is charged with murder, American lawyer Adam Hayward goes to England to see if he can help.

Director:

Robert Montgomery

Writers:

Hugo Butler (screenplay), Ian McLellan Hunter (screenplay) (as Ian Hunter) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Montgomery ... Adam Heyward
Leslie Banks ... Col. Roger Summerfield
Felix Aylmer ... The British Judge
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Sir Adrian Horth K.C. - Prosecutor
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Alex Summerfield, Roger's Sister in Law (as Patricia Wayne)
Harcourt Williams ... Richard Beamish, Sam's Solicitor
Jenny Laird ... Mary Baxter, Sam's Wife
Michael Ripper ... Samuel 'Sam' Baxter
Ann Stephens Ann Stephens ... Catherine Ann 'Sandy' Summerfield, Roger's Daughter
Wylie Watson ... Mr. Widgery, Red Lion Proprietor
Noel Howlett ... Martin Foxglove K.C. - Sam's Barrister
James Hayter ... Prouty, Trial Witness
John Sharp ... Police Constable Hawkins
Shelagh Fraser ... Ellen Foster
Meadows White Meadows White ... Warder
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Adam Hayward (Robert Montgomery), a successful New York City defense lawyer, receives a cable that the British war buddy who saved his life at Anzio Beach is now in trouble with the law in England. Taking the advice of his secretary to go to England rather than wire money, Adam arrives in his friend's village to find him about to stand trial for the murder of the hired stable-hand, Lawrence. Hayward learns that a witness exists who can testify that his friend, Baxter, shot Lawrence in self-defense. But the other witness is a woman who fled the scene and will not want to expose herself by coming forward. Though Hayward suspects Alex, the youthful war-widow daughter-in-law of Colonel Summerfield (himself a widower) he soon discovers that the mystery woman is the young and impressionable Sandy Summerfield, whom he must see to it is brought to the witness stand. As he is leaving the village to catch his plane, Hayward stops at Summerfield Manor to say goodbye. As he does so, he manages to... Written by <swe5@midway.uchicago.edu>

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Taglines:

"I Saw Him Die!" I was there and only I know whether it was murder or self defense!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye Witness See more »

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Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final acting role for Robert Montgomery in a theatrical film. He continued with acting roles on TV as well as directing some theatrically released films. See more »

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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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Disappointing swan song for Montgomery
21 January 2009 | by jimsimpsonSee all my reviews

Robert Montgomery's final screen appearance,which he also directed,is a slow moving mystery which spends far too much of the running time on irrelevant scenes pointing up the supposed differences between the British and American character. Montgomery meets a gallery of UK stereotypes such as garrulous publican,dim witted police sergeant and stuffy judge.

The plot concerns RM travelling to England to help clear an old army buddy of a murder charge. There is some mild suspense during the last twenty minutes when the identity of a secret witness is revealed. Leading lady Patricia Cutts (called Patrcia Wayne here) is one of those rather horsey English blondes with a cut glass accent. Her acting is rather stilted and there is little chemistry between her and Montgomery. It's a far cry from his wonderful acting/direction job on Lady In The Lake.


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