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The Secret Witness (1931)

The Secret Witness

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Rita La Roy has good reasons to hate her philandering husband, Hooper Atchley, in this low-budget but sumptuous-looking art deco mystery directed by comedy specialist Thornton Freeland. The cool and calculated Miss La Roy isn't the only person with a grudge against the nasty Atchley, however; in fact, quite a few people come under suspicion when the philanderer is found dying from a bullet wound in his penthouse apartment. Just before he expires, Atchley manages to gasp, "Casey," referring perhaps to Arthur Jones (William Collier Jr.), whose sister (June Clyde) was one of the evil man's latest victims. In the middle of the investigation, the murder scene is plunged into darkness, a shot is fired, and when the electricity returns, yet another victim is found, with the late Mr. Atchley's pet monkey -- the secret witness -- clutching a still smoking gun. Police Captain McGowan (Purnell Pratt) is at first dumbfounded, but with the help of dizzy neighbor Una Merkel, the identity of the murderer is finally revealed.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Samuel Spewack
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Cast

Una Merkel
as Lois Martin
William Collier Jr.
as Arthur Jones
Purnell Pratt
as Capt. McGowan
Clyde Cook
as Larson
Hooper Atchley
as Herbert Folsom
Ralf Harolde
as Lewis Leroy
Paul Hurst
as Brannigan
Rita La Roy
as Sylvia Folsom
Clarence Muse
as Building Engineer
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