Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.



  • Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Marlene Dietrich and Edith Head in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Charles Laughton and John Williams in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Tyrone Power in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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The press book, reviews and various articles about the production stated that the principal cast members themselves did not even know the ending of the film until the last day of shooting, when the final ten pages of the script were presented to ... ...


Sir Wilfrid: Your husband loves you very much, does he not?
Christine Vole: Leonard? He worships the ground I walk on.
Sir Wilfrid: And you?
Christine Vole: You want to know too much. Auf wiedersehen, gentlemen.


In the first courtroom scene, the clerk twice states that the murder of Emily Jane French occurred in "the county of London". The County of London was known to both Sherlock Holmes and Horace Rumpole. It was run by the London County Council from 1889-1965, was comprised of over two dozen boroughs (Hampstead to Greenwich to Chelsea), and much to Leonard Vole's chagrin, was home to the Central Criminal Courts, the Old Bailey. In 1965, the County of London became the larger, Greater London, which it still is. Administered by the Greater London Council from 1965-86, it has been run since 2000 by the Greater London Authority, headed by a directly-elected mayor and assembly. For reasons of tradition and vested interest, the old City of London, now a square mile of banks, brokerage houses and the Tower, remains a separate entity.

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As the end credits appear on screen, an announcer's voice is heard: "The management of this theater suggests that for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture you will not divulge to anyone the secret of the ending of Witness for the Prosecution."


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