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Witness for the Prosecution
- Tyrone Power

Overview - Charles Laughton stars as barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts in Billy Wilder's screen version of Agatha Christie's enormously successful stage adaptation of her original story. Although the ailing attorney has been advised by his doctors to cease and desist from the practice of law, his interest is piqued when solicitor Mayhew (Henry Daniell) asks him to take the case of murderer suspect Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Charles Laughton stars as barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts in Billy Wilder's screen version of Agatha Christie's enormously successful stage adaptation of her original story. Although the ailing attorney has been advised by his doctors to cease and desist from the practice of law, his interest is piqued when solicitor Mayhew (Henry Daniell) asks him to take the case of murderer suspect Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power). After evidence that he stood to gain financially from the victim's death comes to light, the man is indicted. Robarts, nonetheless, agrees to defend Vole, convinced as he is of his innocence. But the case becomes even more of an uphill battle when the defendant's supposedly loving wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich) decides to testify as a witness for the prosecution. Wilder expanded Christie's play, creating the role of Robarts' housekeeper Miss Plimsoll (played by Laughton's actual wife Elsa Lanchester), whose badinage with her employer provides a comic counterpoint to the film's melodrama. Bravura performances by Dietrich and Laughton fuel the entertaining courtroom drama, which also features fine work by Tyrone Power in his last screen appearance.

Cast List

Tyrone Power - Actor, NIGHTMARE ALLEY/WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Tyrone Edmund Power Jr. - Actor, NIGHTMARE ALLEY/WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
Elsa Lanchester - British Actress
Matty Malneck - American Composer
John Williams - Actor
Marlene Dietrich - German actress, singer
Maria Magdalena Dietrich - German actress, singer
Charles Laughton - British Actor/Director
Ian Wolfe - American Character Actor
Alexandre Trauner - Art Director
Alexander Trauner - Art Director
Billy Wilder - Director/screenwriter/producer
Samuel Wilder - Director/screenwriter/producer
Larry Marcus
Russell Harlan - American Director Of Photography/Stunts
Russ B. Harlan - American Director Of Photography/Stunts
Russ Harlan - American Director Of Photography/Stunts
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Torin Thatcher - British Character Actor
Henry Daniell - British actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Henry Daniel - British actor, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
Harry Kurnitz - Screenwriter
Marco Page - Screenwriter
Daniel Mandell - Oscar Winning Editor, mid '20s-mid '60s, THE APARTMENT

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 116
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 738329132521
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: July 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Law/Lawyers
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Courtroom
Crime
Essential Cinema

 
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Reviews:
"...Wilder's wit enlivens the courtroom scenes..." - 10/01/2000 Total Film, p.114

 
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