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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 »

Director:

Ray Milland (as R. Milland)

Writers:

Jack Roffey (screenplay), Jack Roffey (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Simon Crawford - Q.C.
Sylvia Syms ... Sheila Larkin
Felix Aylmer ... Justice Osborne
Raymond Huntley ... John Naylor
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ... Major Hugh Beresford Maitland
Norman Barrs Norman Barrs ... Charles Milburn
Percy Marmont ... Justice Matthew Gregory
Dulcie Bowman ... Lady Phyllis Gregory
Ewan Roberts ... Hamish Gillespie
Richard Hurndall ... Supt. Eley
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Dr. Wimborne
Sandra Tallent Sandra Tallent ... Joanna Crawford (as Sandra Fehr)
Edward Waddy Edward Waddy ... Usher
Maggie Rennie Maggie Rennie ... Julia Kelly (as Maggie McGrath)
Ballard Berkeley ... Clerk of Court
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

20-nen me no fukushû See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Caralan Productions Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Judge: The jury, in their wisdom, have found you not guilty. When you have recovered from your surprise, you may go.
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So-so courtroom drama
12 August 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

What the movie "Hostile Witness" is is basically an episode of the television show "Perry Mason", though filmed in color and having a feature length running time. Actually, it's based on a stage play by Jack Roffey, who also wrote this movie's screenplay. The stage origins of this movie are pretty clear; most of the movie takes place in a courtroom. But that wasn't a real concern to me, since I enjoy plays as well as movies. Though while this play turned movie can't be considered awful or bad, it all the same feels like familiar stuff. While there is the novelty of it taking place in England, otherwise you will have seen this kind of story done many times before. If you can't get enough of "Perry Mason" or similar courthouse movies and TV shows, you will probably enjoy this. Otherwise, most likely you'll find this particular telling unexceptional.


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