Witness for the Prosecution

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Based on the hit play by Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution was nominated for six Academy Awards and was reportedly praised by Christie herself as the best adaptation of her work she had seen. When a wealthy widow is found... read more
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Based on the hit play by Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution was nominated for six Academy Awards and was reportedly praised by Christie herself as the best adaptation of her work she had seen. When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), is accused of the crime. Vole’s only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Marlene Dietrich)… but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own. Also starring the incredible Charles Laughton in an Oscar® nominated role, Witness for the Prosecution left audiences reeling from its surprise twists and shocking climax, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present yet another Billy Wilder masterpiece on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

Original Release

01/30/1958

US Release

02/06/1958

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Cast

Tyrone Power Leonard Vole
Marlene Dietrich Christine / Christine Vole
Charles Laughton Sir Wilfrid Roberts / Sir Wilfrid Robarts
Elsa Lanchester Miss Plimsoll
Henry Daniell Mayhew
Ian Wolfe Carter
Torin Thatcher Mr. Myers
Norma Varden Mrs. Emily Jane French / Emily Jane French
Una O'Connor Janet MacKenzie / Janet McKenzie
Francis Compton Judge
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Billy Wilder

Writers

Harry Kurnitz, Billy Wilder, Agatha Christie, Lawrence B. Marcus

Cast

Tyrone Power Leonard Vole
Marlene Dietrich Christine / Christine Vole
Charles Laughton Sir Wilfrid Roberts / Sir Wilfrid Robarts
Elsa Lanchester Miss Plimsoll
Henry Daniell Mayhew
Ian Wolfe Carter
Torin Thatcher Mr. Myers
Norma Varden Mrs. Emily Jane French / Emily Jane French
Una O'Connor Janet MacKenzie / Janet McKenzie
Francis Compton Judge
Philip Tonge Inspector Hearne
Ruta Lee Diana
Bess Flowers Courtroom Spectator
Leoda Richards Hat Shop Saleslady
Patrick Aherne Court Officer
Eddie Baker Courtroom Spectator
Brandon Beach Juror
Colin Kenny Jury Foreman
Fred Rapport Juror
Danny Borzage Courtroom Spectator

Producers

Edward Small Executive Producer
Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer

Editors

Daniel Mandell

1958OscarBest Picture Nominated
1958OscarBest Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1958OscarBest Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1958OscarBest Director Nominated
1958OscarBest Sound, Recording Nominated
1958OscarBest Film Editing Nominated
1958Golden GlobeBest Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1958Golden GlobeBest Actress - Drama Nominated
1958Golden GlobeBest Actor - Drama Nominated
1958Golden GlobeBest Supporting Actress Won
1958Golden GlobeBest Director Nominated
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