The Witness for the Defense (1919)

Drama | 14 September 1919

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HISTORY

Ethel Barrymore played the leading role in the New York stage production of the play. According to modern sources, William Cameron Menzies was the art ... More Less

Ethel Barrymore played the leading role in the New York stage production of the play. According to modern sources, William Cameron Menzies was the art director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
27 Sep 19
p. 1479.
MPN
27 Sep 19
p. 2657.
MPW
27 Sep 19
p. 2027.
New York Times
24 Nov 19
p. 13.
Variety
19 Sep 19
p. 54.
Wid's
28 Sep 19
p. 11.
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 September 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 August 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14041
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Stella Derrick and Dick Hazelwood love each other, but both of their families want them to make better financial matches. Stella leaves England for India to care for her invalid father, who coerces her into marrying wealthy Captain Ballantyne so that he will have money in his declining years. Stella soon learns that Ballantyne is a brutal drunkard suffering from delirium tremens. Henry Thresk, a visiting big game hunter, witnesses Ballantyne's brutality, and tries to get Stella to leave with him, but she refuses. The Ballantynes leaves on a safari, where in a drunken fit Ballantyne kills Stella's pet bird. Her threat of revenge is overheard by a servant, and after Ballantyne is found dead, Stella is arrested and tried. Although Thresk's unexpected testimony about native threats to Ballantyne result in Stella's acquittal, she refuses Thresk's demand for "payment," and returns to England. She marries Dick, now in Parliament, after confessing that she killed Ballantyne in ... +


Stella Derrick and Dick Hazelwood love each other, but both of their families want them to make better financial matches. Stella leaves England for India to care for her invalid father, who coerces her into marrying wealthy Captain Ballantyne so that he will have money in his declining years. Stella soon learns that Ballantyne is a brutal drunkard suffering from delirium tremens. Henry Thresk, a visiting big game hunter, witnesses Ballantyne's brutality, and tries to get Stella to leave with him, but she refuses. The Ballantynes leaves on a safari, where in a drunken fit Ballantyne kills Stella's pet bird. Her threat of revenge is overheard by a servant, and after Ballantyne is found dead, Stella is arrested and tried. Although Thresk's unexpected testimony about native threats to Ballantyne result in Stella's acquittal, she refuses Thresk's demand for "payment," and returns to England. She marries Dick, now in Parliament, after confessing that she killed Ballantyne in self-defense. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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