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.

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

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8 November 2005 | ccthemovieman-1
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| EntertainingTrial Movie That Still Holds Up
This is one of the best "trial movies" ever made. It's an outstanding film that is just as good today as it was almost 50 years ago when it was released in the theaters. The shocking ending caused quite a stir back then, too.

The only part of the movie I thought looked dated and unrealistic was Tyrone Power's character being able to interrupt the trial with outbursts and not be reprimanded for it. There is no way that would be tolerated, at least today.

Otherwise, it's a pretty solid film with a good cast that includes two fascinating characters played by actors who know how to entertain: Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich.

Laughton, who plays Power's defense attorney, grabs the spotlight in the story but Dietrich almost steals the movie in her role as Power's wife. Laughton's dialog is terrific throughout, bringing a number of laughs to this serious film. He's just a joy to watch. Dietrich is even more riveting but just doesn't have anywhere near the same amount of screen time as Laughton.

Not to be overlooked is Elsa Lanchester, playing Laughton's nurse. She, too, demonstrates her comedic talent and significantly adds to the fun of watching this film.

If you like some fine drama, storyline twists, a little humor thrown in and great acting and dialog, this is a classic film to check out.

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