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Movies: “A Shot in the Dark”

Aug. 21, 1963 - Walter Matthau, who won the Tony Award last year for his performance in the hit comedy-mystery play, “A Shot in the Dark,” will recreate his stage role in the Mirisch Corporation’s film version of the play, which producer-director Anatole Litvak will begin shooting in Paris in November. The plot concerns a free-spirited young woman, Josefa (Julie Harris in the Broadway production), who works as a maid in the home of one of the most prominent families in France. She was discovered in her bedroom, naked and unconscious, with the body of her Spanish lover Miguel across the room and the gun that killed him by her side. At the start of the play, she is brought before the Examining Magistrate (William Shatner in the Broadway production), who will attempt to determine if there is enough evidence to take her to trial. If Josefa is brought to trial, according to the French legal system, she will be considered guilty unless proven innocent.


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