Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

DVD - 2001
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SUMMARY: A man is accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to secure his inheritance. The defendant's mysterious wife stuns the courtroom by giving damaging testimony against her husband. The web of intrigue is finally unwoven in a shocking, chilling conclusion.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainmenth, 2001, c1957.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Witness
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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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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MT60
Nov 04, 2014

Don't want to spoil it for others. Just check it out and watch it.

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garycornell
Sep 08, 2014

One of Director Billy Wilder's best films and that is saying something. Agatha Christie helped by writing a terrific novel and Billy made it into a movie. The cast is outstanding from top to bottom. How does this sound, the judge is Charles Laughton, the accused is Tyrone Power and the key witness is Marlene Dietrich. He also was smart enough to have one of the best cinematographers in Hollywood shoot this courtroom drama in Russell Harlan. As with all Agatha Christie novels, the film has many twists and turns. It can be serious and it can be light hearted. The movie goes by so fast because it so down right thrilling. Who committed the crime and why? Only those who see "Witness for the Prosecution" will know the answers. Simply put, this is an outstanding movie and a classic not to miss!
P.S. KCLS has only one copy of "Witness for the Prosecution" and 8 patrons with a hold on it. It will be worth your wait. Please let me know your reaction to the film. Just leave your comments here on the KCLS web site.

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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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