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The Witness Vanishes (1939)
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66 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Railroaded to an insane asylum twenty years ago by four men who had taken over his newspaper, Lucius Marplay, publisher of the London Sun, escapes with the sole intent of murdering the four men responsible for his plight; Mark Peters, ...See moreRailroaded to an insane asylum twenty years ago by four men who had taken over his newspaper, Lucius Marplay, publisher of the London Sun, escapes with the sole intent of murdering the four men responsible for his plight; Mark Peters, Sinclair Ellis, Nigel Partridge and Amos Craven. One by one, their advance obituaries appear in print, giving the exact day and hour on their impending deaths. And each future-obit becomes true for all but Peters. Also working on the case are Joan Marplay, the daughter who thought her father dead until his escape, and Noel Stretton, the star columnist for the 'Sun.' Plus, a strange character with a Scottish accent, Alistar McNab, of being on the scene at just the right time. Strangely enough, The London Tribune, continues to scoop the 'Sun' on the murders within its own building. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
James Ronald (novel "They Can't Hang Me") | Robertson White (screenplay)
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Updated Sep 22, 1939

Release date
Sep 22, 1939 (United States)

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21 cast members
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Edmund Lowe
Mark Peters Mark Peters   See fewer
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Wendy Barrie
Joan Marplay Joan Marplay   See fewer
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Bruce Lester
Lord Noel Stratton Lord Noel Stratton   See fewer
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Forrester Harvey
Allistair McNab Allistair McNab   See fewer
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Walter Kingsford
Amos Craven Amos Craven   See fewer
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J.M. Kerrigan
Flinters Flinters   See fewer
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Barlowe Borland
Lucus Marplay Lucus Marplay   See fewer
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Boyd Irwin
Sinclair Ellis Sinclair Ellis   See fewer
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Vernon Steele
Nigel Partridge Nigel Partridge   See fewer
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Reginald Barlow
Sir John Digby Sir John Digby   See fewer
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Robert Noble
Inspector Wren Inspector Wren   See fewer
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Phyllis Barry
Miss Carson (uncredited) Miss Carson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilson Benge
Bradley the Butler (uncredited) Bradley the Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hal E. Chester
Copy Boy (uncredited) Copy Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herbert Evans
Kirby the Assistant Editor (uncredited) Kirby the Assistant Editor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Denis Green
Leets (uncredited) Leets (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anne Nagel
Laura the Secretary (uncredited) Laura the Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alexander Pollard
Eddie the Sanitorium Attendant (uncredited) Eddie the Sanitorium Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Rogers
Printer (uncredited) Printer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Vallon
Wilkes the Editor (uncredited) Wilkes the Editor (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.5 / 10 | 71 votes