Witness for the Prosecution

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The undisputed star of this courtroom drama is Alexander Trauner's magnificent recreation of the Old Bailey, which is just as well, since the presence of Charles Laughton as the defence counsel, and the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy - almost stolid - theatrical flavour. Tyrone Power is surprisingly good as the man accused of murdering his mistress, but the swift twists and turns of Ms Christie's plot soon drain Dietrich and Laughton's roles of any dramatic credibility.

By: PH

Release details

Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Billy Wilder
Screenwriter: Harry Kurnitz, Larry Marcus, Billy Wilder
Cast: John Williams
Tyrone Power
Norma Varden
Marlene Dietrich
Elsa Lanchester
Henry Daniell
Charles Laughton
Una O'Connor
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