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Witness for the Prosecution (1957)



Witness for the Prosecution

(1957)

116 minutes

Crime / Drama

Directed by Billy Wilder

Cast:

Tyrone Power as Leonard Vole
Marlene Dietrich as Christine Vole/Helm
Charles Laughton as Sir Wilfred Robarts
Elsa Lanchester as Miss Plimsoll
John Williams as Brogan-Moore, a barrister working for Vole
Henry Daniell as Mayhew, Vole's solicitor
Ian Wolfe as Carter, Sir Wilfred's office manager
Torin Thatcher as Myers, the Crown prosecutor
Norma Varden as Mrs Emily Jane French
Una O'Connor as Janet McKenzie, Mrs French's housekeeper and a prosecution witness
Francis Compton as Judge
Philip Tonge as Inspector Hearne
Ruta Lee as Diana


Sir Wilfred Robarts is a predominant counselor in mental health and starts to treat the patient Leonard Vole, even though the private nurse Miss Plimsoll complains that he needs to not deal with criminal situations. Vole is found liable for Miss Emily French, a wealthy, older woman who became smitten with Vole. She was so fascinated with him that she made him the successor of her will. All evidence of the crime leads to Vole as the main suspect.

Sir Wilfred decides to get more information from Vole’s wife Christine but finds her to be unfriendly and controlling with her feelings. She does not even accommodate him with an explanation. He is astonished when he learns that she is a witness for the prosecution. Even though a wife cannot go against her husband in trail, it is revealed that Christine was married to another man during her marriage to Leonard. She calls Leonard out by saying he had told her that he had murdered Mrs. French. She tells the court that she cannot hide the secret anymore.

An unknown woman reaches out to Sir Wilfred, accommodating him with notes from Christine to her secretive boyfriend Max. These letters reveal that she had the real incentive to kill Mrs. French and Leonard is found innocent.


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