Witness for the Prosecution

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Academy Awards
Best Picture
Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Academy Awards
And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel.

COMING SOON OPENS in 21 days, October 18

Part of Anniversary Classics Series film series

Witness for the Prosecution

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
65th Anniversary Screening

Witness for the Prosecution
, based on an Agatha Christie play, is a spellbinding courtroom thriller about a murder suspect (Tyrone Power) defended by a wily barrister (Charles Laughton) against the testimony of the suspect’s wife (Marlene Dietrich). Billy Wilder, collaborating with writers Harry Kurnitz and Larry Marcus, strengthened the characterizations and added a surprise twist at the end, heightening the suspense throughout. Laughton received one of the film’s six Oscar nominations as Best Actor for his delightfully animated portrayal. Elsa Lanchester as the barrister’s no-nonsense nurse afforded comic relief and copped a supporting actress nod. Wilder nabbed the sixth of his eight career directing nominations. The film was a critical and commercial hit, with Bosley Crowther of The New York Times applauding “Wilder’s splendid staging of some splintering courtroom scenes and a first-rate theatrical performance by Charles Laughton.”

Audiences at the time were aghast and delighted by the film’s wicked surprise ending, which they were urged to keep secret. Even the film’s cast did not know the ending until the last day of shooting.
Not Rated
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Anniversary Classics, Auteur Cinema
Billy Wilder
Agatha Christie, Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Lawrence B Marcus
Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, Ruta Lee
Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Picture, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Director, Academy Awards
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Note: There were no showtimes for Tue, Sep 27th, so instead we're showing you showtimes for the next available date on Tue, Oct 18th.
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