Hostile Witness is a 1968 British courtroom-based drama film based on a play by Jack Roffey, directed by Ray Milland (who had appeared in the play on Broadway) and starring Milland, Sylvia Sims, Raymond Huntley and Julian Holloway.
Detail of original British quad poster
|Directed by||Ray Milland|
|Produced by||David E. Rose|
|Screenplay by||Jack Roffey|
|Based on||play Hostile Witness by Jack Roffey|
|Music by||Wilfred Josephs|
|Edited by||Bernard Gribble|
Caralan Productions Ltd. (as Caralan-Dador)
|Distributed by||United Artists|
- Ray Milland as Simon Crawford - Q.C.
- Sylvia Syms as Sheila Larkin
- Felix Aylmer as Justice Osborne
- Raymond Huntley as John Naylor
- Geoffrey Lumsden as Major Hugh Beresford Maitland
- Norman Barrs as Charles Milburn
- Julian Holloway as Percy
- Percy Marmont as Justice Matthew Gregory
- Dulcie Bowman as Lady Phyllis Gregory
- Ewan Roberts as Hamish Gillespie
- Richard Hurndall as Superintendent Eley
- Ronald Leigh-Hunt as Dr. Wimborne
The play debuted in 1964 starring Michael Denison and transferred to the West End.
Jay Julien bought the rights to take the play to America. In 1965 Ray Milland agreed to appear in the play in New York. It was Milland's first theatrical appearance in a number of years apart from appearing in a road version of My Fair Lady. The New York Times called it "serviceable". The show at a capitalisation fo $125,000 and ended on July 2 after 157 performances. Milland then took the play on tour. The Los Angeles Times called the production "absorbing, completely satisfactory, and wholly successful thriller."
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- League, The Broadway. "Hostile Witness – Broadway Play – Original - IBDB". www.ibdb.com.
- HOSTILE WITNESS Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 37, Iss. 432, (Jan 1, 1970): 147.
- "Hostile Witness (1968) - Ray Milland - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- review: ERROLL GARNER at Leicester Cole, Ronald. The Guardian 13 Oct 1964: 9.
- 'Lost Weekend' Irks the 'Witness' By William Glover. The Washington Post, Times Herald 9 Jan 1966: G2.
- Theater: Milland in 'Hostile Witness': Courtroom Melodrama Is at the Music Box By STANLEY KAUFFMANN. New York Times18 Feb 1966: 26.
- KENTUCKY OFFERS 2 BOONE PAGEANTS: Rival Productions Staged in Harrodsburg and Berea By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 22 June 1966: 37.
- 'Hostile Witness' Superbly Performed Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times 16 Sep 1966: C13.
- 'Hostile Witness' to Be Filmed New York Times ]27 Mar 1967: 41
- Barbra's Husband to Debut Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 31 Aug 1967: c13.
- "Hostile Witness". DVD Talk.