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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 »


Ray Milland (as R. Milland)


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


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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November 1968 (UK) See more »

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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 »


Hamish Gillespie: Sheila seems a bit tensed up. What have you been saying to her?
Simon Crawford - Q.C.: Nothing that shouldn't have been said a long time ago. Here, help yourself to a delicious glass of water.
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okay who-dunnit plays out in court.
4 August 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Clearly, the co-stars here are Sylvia Syms, as "Miss Larkin", and Ray Milland, as "Simon Crawford". Crawford is accused of knocking off the supposed murderer of his daughter, and Miss Larkin is determined to defend him. Has he been framed? A majority of the film shows us the workings of the British courts, based on a play Milland had performed himself. Apparently, and sadly, he probably should have left the directing to someone else, as it did not go over as well as the play had. This seems to be the only film project that Milland and Syms had done together, and like most film actors, they both ended their careers with TV appearances on shows like Columbo and Love Boat. This one kind of plods along. No real twists or surprises. The repeated performances by Milland must have taken their toll... in several instances, he gives a rote performance, and doesn't seem to be experiencing what he is going through, and is reciting the lines without the emotion. Story by Jack Roffey. It's not so bad... it's pretty good. For a much better version of this, watch "Witness for the Prosecution", with Laughton and Dietrich. That one has a clever script, and the performances are better all around.

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