Witness for the Prosecution 1957
Based on the play by Agatha Christie, Witness for the Prosecution (1957) is a complex courtroom drama filled with deceptions, disguises, and plot twists. According to the New York Times, "the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel. Then the whole drama explodes."

Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) is an aging barrister recovering from a heart attack. Against the advice of doctors and his nurse, played by Laughton's wife, Elsa Lanchester, Sir Wilfrid decides to defend Leonard Vole. Vole (Tyrone Power) is on trial for the murder of a wealthy widow. His wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich), is his only alibi, but Sir Wilfrid doubts whether she is telling the truth. Additionally, Christine reveals to Sir Wilfrid that she is not Leonard Vole's wife. She was already married when they met during the war in Germany. Ultimately Christine is called as a witness for the prosecution, testifying Leonard admitted he killed the woman. But before the case can go to the jury, a mysterious Cockney woman calls Sir Wilfrid saying she has information to help his client. This sets in motion a series of twists leading up to the unexpected ending.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Laughton) and Supporting Actress (Elsa Lanchester).

Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Ian Wolfe, Norma Varden, Una O'Connor, Ruta Lee
Country: USA
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:51:33 | 7.27 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Francais, Russian
Subtitles: English, Francais, Italiano, Nederlands, Svenska, Suomi, Greek, Russian

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Kino Lorber
BD25 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC 16:9 | 01:56:31 | 20.3 Gb + 5.90 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none

• Billy Wilder Speaks on Witness For the Prosecution (6:31)
• Trailer (3:07)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Eureka Masters of Cinema
BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:56:25 | 42 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

• New and exclusive feature length audio commentary by critic Kat Ellinger
• Monocle and Cigars: Simon Callow on Charles Laughton in Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution (16:07)
• A new video interview with film scholar Neil Sinyard (24:35)
• Archival footage of Billy Wilder discussing Witness for the Prosecution with director Volker Schlondorff (13:40)
• Trailer (3:07)