The Witness Vanishes
The Witness Vanishes poster.jpg
Poster for the film
Directed byOtis Garrett
Written byRobertson White[1]
Produced byIrving Starr[1]
CinematographyArthur Martinelli[1]
Edited byHarry Keller[1]
Crime Club Productions[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 22, 1939 (1939-09-22)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Witness Vanishes is a 1939 American mystery film directed by Otis Garrett and starring Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, and Bruce Lester.

Cast list


In 1937, Universal Pictures made a deal with Crime Club, who were published of whodunnits.[2] Over the next few years Universal released several mystery films in the series.[2] The Witness Vanishes was the last film in the series.[3][4]The film was inspired by James Ronald's magazine serial They Can't Hang Me! which was the films working title.[4]


The Witness Vanishes was released by Universal Pictures on September 22, 1939.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Witness Vanishes". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 175.
  3. ^ Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 576.
  4. ^ a b Weaver, Brunas & Brunas 2007, p. 578.


  • Weaver, Tom; Brunas, Michael; Brunas, John (2007) [1990]. Universal Horrors (2 ed.). McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-2974-5.