Witness for the Prosecution

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Witness for the Prosecution ★★★½ 1957

An unemployed man is accused of murdering a wealthy widow whom he befriended. Ailing defense attorney Laughton can't resist taking an intriguing murder case, and a straightforward court case becomes increasingly complicated in this energetic adaptation of an Agatha Christie story and stage play. Outstanding performances by Laughton, with excellent support by real life wife, Lanchester, as his patient nurse. Power, as the alleged killer, and Dietrich as a tragic woman are top-notch. 116m/B VHS, DVD . Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Una O'Connor; D: Billy Wilder; W: Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz; C: Russell Harlan; M: Matty Malneck. Golden Globes ‘58: Support. Actress (Lanchester).