Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton

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Witness for the Prosecution

Having just recovered from a heart attack, fabled British barrister Sir Wilfred Robards (Charles Laughton) has been ordered by his doctor to give up everything he holds dear-brandy, cigars and especially courtroom cases. Robards' already shaky resolve to follow doctor's orders flies out the window when he takes up the defense of Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), a personable young man accused of murdering a rich old widow. The case becomes something of a sticky wicket when Vole's "loving" German wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich) announces that she's not legally married to Robards' client-and she fully intends to appear as a witness for the prosecution! At the close of this film, a narrator implores the audience not to divulge the ending; we will herein honor that request. A delicious Billy Wilder mixture of humor, intrigue and melodrama, Witness for the Prosecution is distinguished by its hand-picked supporting cast: John Williams as the police inspector, Henry Daniell as Robards' law partner, Una O'Connor as the murder victim's stone-deaf maid, Torin Thatcher as the prosecutor, Ruta Lee as a sobbing courtroom spectator, and Charles Laughton's wife Elsa Lanchester as Robards' ever-chipper nurse (a role especially written for the film, so that Lanchester could look after Laughton on the set). And keep an eye out for that uncredited actress playing the vengeful-and pivotal-cockney. Adapted by Wilder, Harry Kurnitz and Larry Marcus from the play by Agatha Christie, Witness for the Prosecution was remade for television in 1982.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2014
UPC: 0738329132521
Original Release: 1957
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 1,961

Special Features

Billy Wilder discussing Witness for the Prosecution with director Volker Schlöndorff: in German and English with English subtitles; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Leonard Stephen Vole
Marlene Dietrich Christine "Helm" Vole
Charles Laughton Sir Wilfrid Robarts
Elsa Lanchester Miss Plimsoll
Una O'Connor Janet MacKenzie
Torin Thatcher Mr. Meyers
John Williams Brogan-Moore
Henry Daniell Mayhew
Ian Wolfe Carter
Francis Compton Judge
Norma Varden Mrs. Emily French
Philip Tonge Inspector Hearne
Ruta Lee Diana
Molly Roden Miss McHugh
Ottola Nesmith Miss Johnson
Marjorie Eaton Miss O'Brien
J. Pat O'Malley Shorts Salesman

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Screenwriter
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director
Ernest Gold Musical Direction/Supervision
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Matty Malneck Score Composer
Dan Mandell Editor
Lawrence B. Marcus Screenwriter
Gus Norin Makeup
Harry Ray Makeup
Ralph Arthur Roberts Songwriter
Ray Sebastian Makeup
Edward Small Producer
Alexandre Trauner Art Director
Agatha Christie Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Witness for the Prosecution
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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Witness for the Prosecution 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A magnificently done film. Dietrich is superb. Charles Laughton is magnificent. The direction is great. The ending a fantastic twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago