The Defense Rests

The Defense Rests (or Take the Witness) is a 1934 American film directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Jack Holt, Jean Arthur, and Nat Pendleton. The movie was produced in May 1934 and released on 15 July 1934.[1][2][3]

The Defense Rests
Directed byLambert Hillyer
Produced byRobert North
Written byJo Swerling
StarringJack Holt
Jean Arthur
Nat Pendleton
Arthur Hohl
Raymond Walburn
Harold Huber
Music byEdward Bernds
Edited byJohn Rawlins
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 15, 1934 (1934-07-15)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States



"The story is interestingly woven and its telling is sufficiently swift to hold the visitor's interest," wrote The New York Times. "Mr. Holt and Miss Arthur are about as usual, which is to say they do all that can be reasonably expected of their rĂ´les. Nat Pendleton as Rocky, Mitchell's bodyguard, comes through with the comic relief."[4]


  1. "The Defense Rests". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  2. "The Defense Rests (1934) Directed by Lambert Hillyer". UCLA Film and Television Archive. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  3. "THE DEFENSE RESTS(1934) ALSO KNOWN AS: TAKE THE WITNESS". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. F.S.N. (August 16, 1934). "The Defense Rests (1934) Criminal Lawyer". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2015.

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