WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (1957)
Billy Wilder's screen adaptation of the Agatha Christie play is a twist-laden courtroom drama nonpareil. When a wealthy widow is murdered, her married lover, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power, in his final role) is charged with the crime. His defense relies on the testimony of his wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich), but it turns out that she has her own secrets to hide. The film features Charles Laughton as Leonard's defense counsel Sir Wilfrid Robarts, and Laughton's real-life wife Elsa Lanchester as Robarts' private nurse, Miss Plimsoll. DIR/SCR Billy Wilder; SCR Harry Kurnitz, from the play by Agatha Christie; PROD Arthur Hornblow Jr. U.S., 1957, b&w, 116 min. NOT RATED
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