Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
November 19, 2017 12:03 PM - Subscribe

In this film based on Agatha Christie's short story and play, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is accused of murdering an elderly rich woman, and the only alibi to him depends on his wife.
posted by gemutlichkeit (7 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
One of my favorite movies and this is great timing for a rewatch! I believe this is the only Marlene Dietrich movie I've seen.

I think it's still on Netflix.
posted by rhizome at 1:04 PM on November 19, 2017

It's also available here.
posted by gemutlichkeit at 6:59 PM on November 19, 2017


"Killed him?....She executed him."
posted by brujita at 4:15 AM on November 20, 2017

Haven't seen this, but there's a very good remake that was done by the BBC recently. Track it down if you can. I was astonished that an Agatha Christie story had such thematic and character depth because she's mostly just about the intellectual puzzle of the plot. Turns out, most of that material was added. But it really makes this a more compelling story than just a trick of legal procedure.
posted by Naberius at 9:39 AM on November 20, 2017

Update: it's not on Netflix anymore
posted by rhizome at 11:02 AM on November 20, 2017

I remember this as having excellent performances from Dietrich and Laughton that more than live up to the demands of the plot. I haven't watched it in years but maybe it's time for a re-watch; it certainly beats the pants off the majority of recent mystery movies.
posted by Nerd of the North at 11:31 AM on November 20, 2017 [1 favorite]

I believe this is the only Marlene Dietrich movie I've seen.

If you can tolerate the absurdity of Charlton Heston playing a Mexican, Touch of Evil is otherwise an interesting film.
posted by juiceCake at 2:54 PM on November 21, 2017

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