Witness for the Prosecution

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The affable Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard's alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich) -- who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfrid's surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals.

Cast & Crew

Tyrone Power
Leonard Stephen Vole
Marlene Dietrich
Christine Helm Vole
Charles Laughton
Sir Wilfrid Robarts
Elsa Lanchester
Miss Plimsoll
John Williams
Mr. Brogan-Moore
Ian Wolfe
Mr. Carter
Una O'Connor
Janet McKenzie
Edward Small
Executive Producer
Matty Malneck
Original Music
Russell Harlan
Cinematographer
Daniel Mandell
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Critic Reviews for Witness for the Prosecution

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  • His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney.

    August 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • [Marlene Dietrich] was never better than she is here.

    January 30, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • ...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax...

    February 13, 2001 | Full Review…
    Variety
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  • And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Witness for the Prosecution may wrap itself up a bit smugly, even as it spins a sharp twist, but it still stands as one of the more notable courtroom dramas even as it crackles along on a sort of contrived artifice.

    November 4, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Witness for the Prosecution

  • Sep 06, 2016
    Excellent courtroom drama. Another awesome classic.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2014
    Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich are thoroughly entertaining in this romp through Agatha Christie's work. A lesson to be learned for more modern court room dramas.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2014
    The star here is definitely Charles Laughton, who steals the show and makes each one of his lines sound memorable in this delightfully witty and clever plot by Agatha Christie adapted by Billy Wilder into a near perfect piece of thought-provoking entertainment.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2013
    The reason so many plays have been turned into movies is simple: the work has been pre-tested and approved in front of live audiences, tweaked and re-tweaked. And it's easy to see the payoff for that preliminary process here where each character and their work is full and complete. Billy Wilder directs and co-wrote, adapted from the play. Charles Laughton, Elsa Lancaster, Dietrich, Power, the whole cast does a first rate job in this wonder of entertaining misdirection. Superb.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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