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Friday, March 30, 2007

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

One of the best courtroom dramas ever made. Sir Wilfrid (Charles Laughton) is an aging lawyer at the end of his career. He is about to retire to a nice island when he meets Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power). Leonard has been accused of murdering a woman who left her entire estate to him. He protests his innocence and begs Sir Wilfrid to take on his case. Wilfrid agrees and begins the task of proving his client's innocence. The main person he works with is Leonard's wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich), who seems to have many secrets to hide. Some of her secrets come to light and Wilfrid realizes that Christine may not have her husband's best interests at heart. What will happen when she becomes the witness for the prosecution?

I really enjoyed this movie. The cast was wonderful especially Power and Dietrich. Laughton was good but there were times he got on my nerves with his constant yelling. Elsa Lanchester (Charles Laughton's real life wife) was also wonderful as Sir Wilfred's nurse maid. The twist at the end was also wonderful and I did not see the entire thing coming. There was a made for TV remake of this film made in 1982 starring Donald Pleasance and Beau Bridges. However, nothing can compare to this classic film.

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