The Woman Under Oath
+ intro by film critic Pamela Hutchinson
Eleven angry men and one angry woman try a boy for the murder of his employer.
Dir John M Stahl
With Florence Reed, Hugh Thompson, Gareth Hughes, May McAvoy
With live piano accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch
Eleven angry men and one angry woman try a boy for the murder of his employer, a serial abuser of women. The opening titles ask if women are temperamentally suited for jury duty, which tells its own story, but the film is mostly on the side on the angels. This rarely-seen film, specially programmed around International Women’s Day, is directed with the elegant efficiency for which John Stahl became known.