Star Witness (1931)

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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.

Cast

Walter Huston
as Dist. Atty. Whitlock
Sally Blane
as Sue Leeds
Frances Starr
as Ma Leeds
Charles "Chic" Sale
as Grandad Summerville
Eddie Nugent
as Jackie Leeds
Ralph Ince
as Maxey Campo
Dickie Moore
as Donny Leeds
George Ernest
as Ned Leeds
Russell Hopton
as Deputy Thorpe
Tom Dugan
as Brown
Guy D'Ennery
as Jack Short
Nat Pendleton
as Big Jack
William Wellman
as Company Workman
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Good performances keep things watchable.

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: B-

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