The Secret Witness

The Secret Witness is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film, directed by Thornton Freeland and starring Una Merkel, William Collier Jr. and Zasu Pitts.[1] It is an adaptation of the novel Murder in the Gilded Cage by Sam Spewack. The screenplay concerns a man who is found murdered in his luxury apartment. His neighbors believe that the wrong man has been arrested and set out to solve the crime.

The Secret Witness
Directed byThornton Freeland
Written bySam Spewack
StarringUna Merkel
William Collier Jr.
Zasu Pitts
CinematographyRobert H. Planck
Edited byLouis Sackin
Famous Attractions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 12, 1931 (1931-12-12)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States



  1. Goble p. 946


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

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