Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

DVD - 2014
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"Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney"--IMDb.
Publisher: [Kew, Victoria] : [2014] Umbrella Entertainment,
1957 ,
Branch Call Number: DVD WITN
Characteristics: 1 DVD (116 min.) : sound, black and white ; 12 cm

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downsman
May 10, 2018

I watched this having watched the 2016 BBC remake recently and have to say that this classic effort is much more satisfying. For some reason I had assumed it was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was surprised that it was actually helmed by Billy Wilder, which probably explains why it has more humour than the dour and depressing remake .

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nordicleather
Feb 01, 2018

What more can be said about the movie "Witness for the Prosecution". The all star cast of Charles Laughton, Marlena Dietrich, Tyronne Power, Elsa Lanchester, is a real trip down memory lane of cinema greats. The plot of deceit & trickery is supported by the all star cast. Otherwise, audiences would not have been convinced of the plot. I give Witness for the Prosecution 4 &a half out of 5 stars.

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rileykernaghan
Aug 07, 2017

A brilliant film. The twists at the end are classic Agatha Christie and make for an epic ending.

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Onewhoissaved
Apr 24, 2017

A classic Agatha Christie murder mystery that just doesn't lose anything from generation to generation. Everyone seems willing to appreciate and admire the acting performances of its stars, especially Charles Laughton as Sir Charles. Ironically Sir Charles gets a one line mention in the story this movie is based on. Marlene Dietrich is quite good here. Tyrone Power was just two or three years away from dying of a bad heart. His smoking cigarettes aggravated his condition.

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vi2856
Jan 18, 2017

Always enjoyable to watch, timeless.

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Keogh
Jan 03, 2017

A brilliant classic film, cleverly paced as a grouchy barrister recovering from illnesses defends a man accused of murder, with his wife as a wild card in the mix.

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bitsysmom
Sep 05, 2016

This is a very old B/W film. The story is from Agatha Christie. Charles Laughton is excellent in this role. Loved it.

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akirakato
Sep 01, 2016

This is a 1957 American courtroom drama directed by Billy Wilder, based on a play by Agatha Christie.
It deals with the trial of a man accused of murder.
The story is so profoundly and disgustingly contrived that I feel as if I were completely and utterly fooled around.
I enjoyed it but I don't like the way it fool the audience.
I think Agatha Christie is a complicated idiot.

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howiecat
Jan 30, 2016

Loved it. All the wonderful actors, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich. Lots of humor, twists and turns but mostly seeing how wonderful movies were when well made.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Despite being on the mend from a near fatal heart attack, curmudgeonly criminal attorney Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton in peak form) takes on a nearly hopeless murder case much to the displeasure of his overly attentive private nurse (real life wife Elsa Lanchester). Ex GI Leonard Vole stands accused of killing a wealthy old widow in order to get his hands on her estate and a mountain of circumstantial evidence seems to support the charge. Sir Wilfrid, however, is not entirely convinced of his client’s guilt and in the tense trial than ensues he proceeds to pick apart every witness the prosecution can produce—until Vole’s own wife takes the stand and throws the jury a series of unforeseen curve balls which leave Robarts questioning his own eloquent defense. Based on Agatha Christie’s stage play, director Billy Wilder’s courtroom drama mixes light comedy (Laughton and Lanchester’s heated exchanges are priceless) and taut suspense to produce one of the more entertaining entries in the genre. A bright and furious script is further enhanced by some winning performances including Tyrone Power as the bewildered defendant and a crusty Una O’Connor as the murdered woman’s housekeeper. Unfortunately Marlene Dietrich’s turn as Vole’s ambivalent spouse is more musty than mysterious as she appears to dictate her lines phonetically. One final word, don’t be put off if the film seems to wrap up a little too neatly for it all ends with a surprise twist of such audacity that early film audiences were required to sign a waiver promising that they wouldn’t reveal it!

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Monolith
Sep 29, 2012

Miss Plimsoll: "Shall we roll up the window, Sir Wilfrid?" Sir Wilfrid Robarts: "Just roll up your mouth, you talk too much. If I'd known how much you talk I'd never have come out of my coma."

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Monolith
Sep 29, 2012

Sir Wilfrid Robarts: "I'd better take that thermos of cocoa with me. It helps me wash down down the pills." Miss Plimsoll: "Let me see. My learned patient is not above substituting brandy for cocoa. (opens thermos and smells) Sniff, sniff. It is cocoa. So sorry." Sir Wilfrid Robarts: "If you were a woman, Miss Plimsoll, I would strike you."

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Monolith
Sep 29, 2012

Leonard Vole: "This morning I had no lawyers at all, and now, suddenly, I have three lawyers! Perhaps we should explain to Sir Wilfrid that I have very little money. I shan't be able to pay all the costs and fees." Sir Wilfrid Robarts: "Don't worry. Well get a fourth lawyer to sue you."

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Monolith
Sep 29, 2012

Mayhew (of Leonard Vole): "Touching, isn't it? The way he counts on his wife." Sir Wilfrid Robarts: "Yes... Like a drowning man clutching at a razor..."

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Monolith
Sep 29, 2012

Christine Vole: "Damn you! ...Damn you! ...Damn you! ...DAMN YOU!!!"

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