70,000 Witnesses

70,000 Witnesses is a 1932 American pre-Code mystery film directed by Ralph Murphy, written by Garrett Fort, Robert N. Lee, Allen Rivkin and P.J. Wolfson, and starring Phillips Holmes, Dorothy Jordan, Charlie Ruggles, Johnny Mack Brown, J. Farrell MacDonald, Lew Cody and David Landau. It was released on September 9, 1932, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2] The film's sets were designed by the art director David S. Garber.

70,000 Witnesses
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRalph Murphy
Produced byCharles R. Rogers
Screenplay byGarrett Fort
Robert N. Lee
Allen Rivkin
P.J. Wolfson
StarringPhillips Holmes
Dorothy Jordan
Charlie Ruggles
Johnny Mack Brown
J. Farrell MacDonald
Lew Cody
David Landau
Music byHarold Lewis
CinematographyHenry Sharp
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 9, 1932 (1932-09-09)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States


Buck Buchanan plays football for State, but his criminal brother Slip Buchanan has placed a whopping $350,000 wager on University defeating State in the upcoming big game.

Slip attempts to coerce his brother into drugging a star teammate, Wally Clark, so he is unable to play. Buck refuses to do so, but is distracted on the field of play by his suspicions that Slip will find another way to do Wally harm.

Sure enough, just as Wally is about to score a State touchdown, he collapses at the 5 yard line. As 70,000 spectators look on, Wally is carried from the field and expires. A doctor rules the death accidental, but a police detective, Dan McKenna, is so convinced of foul play, he has the players reassembled and the entire football play re-enacted, solving the case.



  1. "Movie Review - 70 000 Witnesses - Murder on a Football Field. - NYTimes.com". nytimes.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. "70,000 Witnesses". afi.com. Retrieved 22 February 2015.

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