Witness for the Prosecution


Witness for the Prosecution

Overview:

When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits – but the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult.

Votes 265 (8.1/10)

Runtime: 116 minutes

Release Date 1957-01-01

Budget: $3,000,000.00

Revenue: $9,000,000.00

Production company:

  • Edward Small Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • Crime

Trailer

Further Information

Leonard Vole
Tyrone Power
Tyrone Power
Christine Vole
Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
Sir Wilfrid Robarts
Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
Miss Plimsoll
Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Lanchester
Brogan-Moore
John Williams
John Williams
Mayhew
Henry Daniell
Henry Daniell
Carter
Ian Wolfe
Ian Wolfe
Mr. Myers
Torin Thatcher
Torin Thatcher
Emily Jane French
Norma Varden
Norma Varden
Janet McKenzie
Una O'Connor
Una O'Connor
Judge
Francis Compton
Francis Compton
Inspector Hearne
Philip Tonge
Philip Tonge
Diana
Ruta Lee
Ruta Lee
Courtroom spectator
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
Hat Store Sales Clerk
Leoda Richards
Leoda Richards
Court Officer (uncredited)
Patrick Aherne
Patrick Aherne
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Baker
Eddie Baker
Juror (uncredited)
Brandon Beach
Brandon Beach
Juror (uncredited)
Colin Kenny
Colin Kenny
Juror (uncredited)
Fred Rapport
Fred Rapport
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Danny Borzage
Danny Borzage
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
George Bruggeman
George Bruggeman
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers
Steve Carruthers
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Art Howard
Art Howard
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Kruger
Paul Kruger
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette
Jeanne Lafayette
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack
Wilbur Mack
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
John Roy
John Roy
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Scott Seaton
Scott Seaton
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Cap Somers
Cap Somers
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bert Stevens
Bert Stevens
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey
Arthur Tovey
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Glen Walters
Glen Walters
Miss O'Brien (uncredited)
Marjorie Eaton
Marjorie Eaton
Barrister (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum
Franklyn Farnum
Barrister (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien
William H. O'Brien
Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers
Michael Jeffers
Miss Johnson (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith
Ottola Nesmith
Shorts Salesman (uncredited)
J. Pat O'Malley
J. Pat O'Malley
Bit Part (uncredited)
George Pelling
George Pelling
Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Raine
Jack Raine
Clerk at Old Bailey (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Jeffrey Sayre
Spotlight Operator in German Cafe (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller
Norbert Schiller
Barrister Reading Charges (uncredited)
Ben Wright
Ben Wright
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart
Waclaw Rekwart
Court Officer (uncredited)
Frank McLure
Frank McLure
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Walter Bacon
Walter Bacon
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Herschel Graham
Herschel Graham
Director
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Novel
Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
Adaptation
Lawrence B. Marcus
Lawrence B. Marcus
Screenplay
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Screenplay
Harry Kurnitz
Harry Kurnitz
Producer
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Music
Leonid Raab
Leonid Raab
Editor
Daniel Mandell
Daniel Mandell
Sound
Fred Lau
Fred Lau
Script Supervisor
John Franco
John Franco
Makeup Artist
Gustaf Norin
Gustaf Norin
Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson
Emmett Emerson
Costume Design
Joe King
Joe King
Hairstylist
Nellie Manley
Nellie Manley
Makeup Artist
Wally Westmore
Wally Westmore
Music
Ernest Gold
Ernest Gold
Executive Producer
Edward Small
Edward Small
Original Music Composer
Matty Malneck
Matty Malneck
Director of Photography
Russell Harlan
Russell Harlan
Art Direction
Alexandre Trauner
Alexandre Trauner
Set Decoration
Howard Bristol
Howard Bristol
Makeup Artist
Charles Gemora
Charles Gemora
Production Supervisor
Ben Hersh
Ben Hersh
Special Effects
Lee Zavitz
Lee Zavitz
Still Photographer
Madison S. Lacy
Madison S. Lacy
Costume Design
Edith Head
Edith Head
Costume Design
Adele Parmenter
Adele Parmenter
Dialogue
Noël Coward
Noël Coward
Makeup Artist
Harry Ray
Harry Ray

Andres Gomez

Great thriller with superb classical interpretations. The plot moves sometimes too lazily.

Shreyance Parakh

**Why don't they make THESE movies anymore?** Apart from being a **GREAT** courtroom drama_(which some people don't think this movie is)_, this movie is so much **FUN** and **ENTERTAINING** to watch.Especially because of the characters of _Charles Laughton_ and _Elsa Lanchester_. But _Tyrone Power_ and _Marlene Dietrich_ were convincing too in their portrayal of an _innocent, afraid for his life man and a disloyal, unloving, poker faced wife_ respectively. Some people might say that they predicted the ending half way down the movie but i am not quite sure as to how they predicted the **ACTUAL ENDING** before it really unfolded before their eyes? This movie is great not only in the part played in court but also in the scenes shot in _Sir Wilfrid Robarts's_ office(also due to _Miss Plimsoll's caringly lovably irritating character!_). Perhaps the people(the minority I'd like to believe) who don't think this movie deserves the high ranking and rating that it's got saw this brilliant piece of art as more of a suspense thriller.But I loved this movie as a delightfully ENTERTAINING, MYSTERIOUS, DRAMA ! I rate this 10 just because I haven't seen any other CLASSIC courtroom drama that was intense throughout(barring some light hearted scenes with Sir Wilfrid Robarts) and yet in the end I somehow felt light-hearted and had a smile on my face rather than a thought provoking look on it. The commentary in the ending credits was innocently adorable for our times of social networking _"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!"_ And mind you I am a _big fan of 12 Angry Men and How to Kill a Mockingbird!_ But this movie too is equally good in a different way altogether!

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