Witness For The Prosecution

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Director:
Billy Wilder
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1958
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Based on the hit play by Agatha Christie, Witness For The Prosecution is a 1957 Billy Wilder film. Leonard Vole comes to Sir Wilfred Robarts, a great barrister, desperate for his expert legal help. Vole has been accused of murdering Miss Emily French, a wealthy spinster who has left him everything in her will. Sir Wilfred has just survived a severe heart attack, but he finds the young man intriguing and takes the case. The circumstantial evidence against Vole is serious and his wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich) astonishes everyone by appearing as a witness for the prosecution, testifying that he admitted his guilt to her. But Sir Wilfred learns that all is not as it seems...

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      • This was an adaptation of the successful play by Agatha Christie, which had had long runs in London's West End and on Broadway. It was in turn based on a short story Christie had written in the 1930s.

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      • In this film, Christine, the Marlene Dietrich character, is said to have married a man named "Otto Ludwig Helm", who is not seen. In a later Billy Wilder film, One, Two, Three (1961), Horst Buchholz plays a character named "Otto Ludwig Piffl". Both these names may have been invented by Wilder as a private joke on his friend and fellow-director, Otto Preminger, who had an acting role in Wilder's Stalag 17 in 1953. Preminger's middle name was Ludwig.

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