Witness For The Prosecution (1957)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5

USA, 1957Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , Adaptation by , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1957.  Golden Globe Awards 1957.

A mind-warping mystery about a tired, aging lawyer () who must defend a hopeless murder suspect ().  ‘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  (Laughton’s wife) and .

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