Theater: Right Honorable Chump

Hostile Witness, by Jack Roffey. The most convincing corpse in this suspense drama is the play. Playwright Roffey may not know much about thrillers, but he certainly can throw a cataleptic trance.

The chief sleepwalker is a distinguished barrister (Ray Milland), in the dock on a murder rap for killing a judge. Milland had threatened to kill the man responsible for the hit-and-run death of his daughter, and the judge was a bum driver—certainly enough circumstantial evidence to suit anybody. After a lifetime of scrutinizing the criminal mind, Milland is such a right honorable chump that he harbors on his own staff...

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