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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Mike Donegan
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Frank Dana (as Charles Buchinsky)
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Alice Dana (as Marion Carr)
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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 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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22 October 1953 (USA)  »

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When Donegan and Peterson are talking in the restaurant, the orientation of Peterson's pipe changes between shots. See more »

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Powell does Perry
12 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

I don't recall Dick Powell ever playing a lawyer in his big screen career and every actor loves a courtroom drama. So when he started his small screen producing career Powell must have spotted a teleplay about a defense lawyer and took this one for himself.

In The Witness Powell plays a breezy and supremely confident defense attorney who has an idiot for a client in Charles Bronson. Powell has been flirting with contempt citations looking for a female witness that Bronson says gave him some of the payroll money to hold on to and of course like a dummy Bronson spent some of it and got caught with the money of course having registered serial numbers. Like Alan Ladd in This Gun For Hire it was hot money.

I mean really what kind of a lunkhead goes for that? But Bronson's in love and thinking with his male member. Powell's Paul Drake played by Walter Sande locates Marian Carr and she agrees to testify to save Bronson.

After that Powell turns into Perry Mason in court with the inevitable results associated with a Mason story. Erle Stanley Gardner couldn't have done it better for Perry.

The story has a lot of obvious holes in it. But Powell's breezy performance is a joy to watch. Note also that future big screen director Robert Aldrich directs the story. Four Star Playhouse was a developer of talent in front of and behind the camera.

Watch this one for its producer/star.


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