Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1957. Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Adaptation by Lawrence B. Marcus, based on the play by Agatha Christie. Cinematography by Russell Harlan. Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr.. Music by Matty Malneck. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner. Costume Design by Edith Head, Joe King. Film Editing by Daniel Mandell. Academy Awards 1957. Golden Globe Awards 1957.
A mind-warping mystery about a tired, aging lawyer (Charles Laughton) who must defend a hopeless murder suspect (Tyrone Power). Marlene Dietrich‘s scantily-disguised double role is the supreme winner of the show, and she steals literally every scene she’s in (and thanks to the studio’s not wanting to ruin the surprise ending, was not promoted for an Academy Award nomination for it; watch Maximilian Schell’s documentary Marlene where they discuss it in detail). Also stars Elsa Lanchester (Laughton’s wife) and Una O’Connor.