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Hostile Witness (1969)

GP | | Drama | 28 June 1970 (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 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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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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The Broadway play of the same title upon which this film is based opened at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., on February 17, 1966 and ran for 156 performances until July 2, 1966. 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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Generally Entertaining
7 August 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Ray Milland is the consummate stuffed shirt, arrogant presence. Here he plays a barrister who seems to get guilty people off by digging up technicalities. He mistreats his colleagues, but mostly through indifference toward their hard work. One day, his pretty young daughter is run over be a hit-and-run driver. It drops him into depression, unleashing intense anger. At one point, he accuses a judge of being the culprit (which he is not). Milland comes home and is struck on the head. While being cared for, the aforementioned judge is stabbed. Because of his previous threats, a case against Milland is made and he is arrested. Choosing to defend himself, he has little evidence, and it doesn't look good. He finally realizes that the people he had so little regard for are his possible salvation. The story is flat and contrived and really lacks suspense.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

20-nen me no fukushû See more »

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1.85 : 1
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