(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Billy Wilder
Cinematography by Russell Harlan
Produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr.
Music by Matty Malneck
Production Design by Alexandre Trauner
Film Editing by Daniel Mandell