Witness for the Prosecution

directed by Billy Wilder
Category: "Suspense"
Year of Release:1957
Date Added:12/25/2014
Date Watched:12/25/2014
Description:Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is arrested for the murder of a woman he befriended. Sir Wilfred (Charles Laughton) is retiring but agrees to take one last case. Things are going well until Vole's wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich) takes the stand for the prosecution and gives evidence that damns him. Among other things, she reveals that she isn't really married to Vole because she already had a husband. That night, Sir Wilfred is contacted by a mysterious woman who gives him letters written by Christine that show her as a conniving woman who wants her "husband" out of the way. Sir Wilfred brings the letters to court, Christine is painted as a liar and Vole is acquitted. Then Christine comes back into court and tells Sir Wilfred that Vole really did commit the murder and that she concocted her testimony to make herself look bad — she was the mysterious woman (in disguise) who gave Sir Wilfred the letters. Then Vole comes waltzing back into court bragging about his victory. When his young girlfriend shows up, Christine grabs a knife and stabs him to death. Sir Wilfred decides to take her case.
My Rating:6

Reviews for Witness for the Prosecution

Review - Witness for the Prosecution

Fun, and even funny at times thanks to Charles Laughton and his performance. Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich both overacted much of the time and I wasn't as surprised by the surprise ending as I was supposed to be.
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