The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Apr. 6, 1931

The Silent Witness is a mystery play which mystifies. In addition, it is well-staged, its scenes revolve quickly, and during the courtroom sequence there are moments of good oldtime melodrama. Unlike most of the recent Shubert importations, The Silent Witness has a plausible script, thanks to the doctorings of Director Harry Wagstaff Gribble.

The play relates the story of a young Englishman who strangles his faithless mistress, confesses his crime to his father (Lionel Atwill). A swift chain of circumstance compels Mr. Atwill to assume...

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