Witness for the Prosecution
About Witness for the Prosecution
Billy Wilder’s trademark sardonicism lends welcome bite and wit to this twisting, turning murder mystery from Agatha Christie. As the man accused of killing a rich widow Tyrone Power is a ball of lethargy. Fortunately Wilder focuses on the terrific Charles Laughton as the barrister hired to defend Power and Elsa Lanchester (Laughton’s real-life wife) as the portly lawyer’s mindful nurse. The movie benefits from a great supporting cast including Marlene Dietrich, John Williams, Henry Daniell and Torin Thatcher. Laughton and Lanchester were both nominated for Academy Awards.