Witness for the Prosecution Overview:

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Arthur Hornblow Jr. and Edward Small.

The film was based on the short story Traitor Hands written by Agatha Christie published in Flynn's Weekly and as a Play (Jan 1925 (magazine) and Dec 16, 1954 - Jun 30, 1956 (play performed at Henry Miller's Theatre, NY)).

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorCharles LaughtonNominated
Best Supporting ActressElsa LanchesterNominated
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best Film EditingDaniel MandellNominated
Best PictureArthur Hornblow, Jr., ProducerNominated
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DOUBLE BILL #13: Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and 12 Angry Men (1957)

By Carol Martinheira on Apr 12, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

DOUBLE BILL #13: Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and 12 Angry Men (1957) On April 12, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Courtroom dramas never disappoint. They?re tense, gripping, dramatic and emotional and, more often than not, they grab you by the throat and they don?... Read full article


Witness for the Prosecution (1982 TVM)

By John Grant on Nov 16, 2016 From Noirish

UK, US / 102 minutes / color / United Artists Dir: Alan Gibson Pr: Norman Rosemont Scr: John Gay Story: ?Traitor?s Hands? (1925 Flynn?s Weekly) and Witness for the Prosecution (1953 play), both by Agatha Christie, and the screenplay for Witness for the Prosecution (1957) by Billy Wilder, Harry Kurni... Read full article


Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

By Beatrice on Jun 10, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Witness for the Prosecution Directed by Billy Wilder Written by Billy Wilder and Harry Kurnitz; adapted by Lawrence B. Marcus from the play by Agatha Christie 1957/USA Edward Small Productions/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant I don’t know how this courtroom drama missed the... Read full article


Witness for the Prosecution, Happy Anniversary! A Delicious Treat Served, February 6th, 1958?

By C. S. Williams on Feb 6, 2015 From Classic Film Aficionados

First the Appetizer: Witness for the Prosecution had its World Premiere in Los Angeles, at the Warner Beverly Hills Theater (9404 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills), on?December 17, 1957; thereby qualifying for the 1958 Academy Awards.[1] Of course film-exhibitors, circuit officials, industry execu... Read full article


Witness for the Prosecution, Happy Anniversary! A Delicious Treat Served, February 6th, 1958?

By C. S. Williams on Feb 6, 2015 From Classic Film Aficionados

First the Appetizer: Witness for the Prosecution had its World Premiere in Los Angeles, at the Warner Beverly Hills Theater (9404 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills), on?December 17, 1957; thereby qualifying for the 1958 Academy Awards.[1] Of course film-exhibitors, circuit officials, industry execu... Read full article


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Quotes from

Miss Plimsoll: Teeny weeny flight of steps, Sir Wilfrid, we mustn't forget we've had a teeny weeny heart attack.


Christine Vole: You are burning my nose.


Sir Wilfrid: My Lord, may I also remind my learned friend that his witness, by her own admission, has already violated so many oaths that I am surprised the Testament did not LEAP FROM HER HAND when she was sworn here today! I doubt if anything is to be gained by questioning you any further! That will be all, Frau Helm!


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Facts about

Unsure if he could play a man with a heart condition, Charles Laughton (Sir Wilfrid) staged a heart attack in the pool one day at home. His wife, Elsa Lanchester (Miss Plimsoll), and a houseguest panicked and pulled him from the water, at which point he explained his trick. Elsa's reaction has not been recorded.
The plot deals with Charles Laughton's character recovering from a severe heart attack while defending Tyrone Power's character. In reality, this would be Tyrone Power's last complete film - he would die of a heart attack while on the set of his next film less than one year after release of this one.
When Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) meets Mrs. French (Norma Varden) for the second time - in the movie theater - Vole tells Mrs. French that the movie is about Jesse James. Tyrone Power starred as the famous outlaw in Jesse James.
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