Star Witness

Star Witness

Director: William Wellman Cast: Walter Huston, Charles "Chic" Sale, Frances Starr

DVD (Full Frame)

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Star Witness starts out as a homey family comedy and develops into a rather gutsy thriller. Chic Sale plays a cantankerous Civil War veteran who, while visiting his family, witnesses a gangland shooting. The rest of the family also gets a good look at the gang boss (Ralph Ince) and everyone agrees to testify in court. But the criminals terrorize the father (Grant Mitchell), after failing to bribe him. To insure pa's silence, his son (Dickie Moore) is kidnaped But Grandpa is not easily cowed, and it is he who goes before the jury to expose the crooks. He also engineers the rescue of his grandson (a surprisingly credible sequence). Star Witness was remade as I Am Not Afraid in 1939, with updated dialogue equating American gangsters with Hitler and Mussolini.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/12/2019
UPC: 0883929675289
Original Release: 1931
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:08:00
Sales rank: 27,125

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Huston Dist. Atty. Whitlock
Charles "Chic" Sale Granded Summerville
Frances Starr Ma Leeds
Grant Mitchell Pa Leeds
Sally Blane Sue Leeds
Eddie Nugent Jackie Leeds
Ralph Ince Maxey Campo
Dickie Moore Donny Leeds
George Ernest Ned Leeds
Guy D'Ennery Jack Short
Edgar Dearing Sackett
Mike Donlin Mickey
Tom Dugan Brown
Robert Elliott Williams
Russell Hopton Deputy Thorpe
George S. Irving Judge
Allan Lane Clerk
Noel Madison Horan
Fletcher Norton Dopey
Nat Pendleton Big Jack
William Wellman Company Workman

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Lucien Hubbard Screenwriter
Harold McLernon Editor
James Van Trees Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Star Witness
1. Chapter 1 [7:26]
2. Chapter 2 [7:07]
3. Chapter 3 [8:17]
4. Chapter 4 [8:51]
5. Chapter 5 [7:29]
6. Chapter 6 [9:46]
7. Chapter 7 [7:59]
8. Chapter 8 [7:53]
9. Chapter 9 [2:29]
10. Chapter 10 [:10]

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