Witness For The Prosecution is about a man, the character of Leonard Vole played by Tyrone Power, who is accused of murdering a middle-aged wealthy woman and the trial he has to go through. His lawyer winds up being Sir Wilfrid Robarts, played by Charles Laughton, who is a famous attorney that has just suffered a heart attack. Robarts is supposed to be only involved in the most generic and easy cases but he cannot deny the attraction of a high profile murder case and agrees to be Vole’s lawyer. The only alibi that Leonard Vole has comes from his wife Christine, played by Marlene Dietrich, but one of the first twists is that Christine does not want to be a witness for the defense but rather be a witness for the prosecution. This is one of many twists that make Witness For The Prosecution such a popular movie that has endured the test of time for decades.
When you do research on Witness For The Prosecution you find a litany of fascinating stories that can make you just shake your head. Marlene Dietrich was a world famous sex symbol at the time this movie was released and when you had Marlene Dietrich in your movie you wanted to be sure to show at least one of her legs because a Dietrich leg always turned into big box office returns. Witness For The Prosecution had a scene in it that showed one of Marlene Dietrich’s legs that cost $90,00 to film, which was a lot of money in those days, and required the services of almost 150 extras and nearly 40 stuntmen! Now that is a famous leg! Marlene Dietrich was also a little arrogant as she believed that her performance in Witness For The Prosecution was certain to get her an Academy Award nomination. She was so confident that she had made a new introduction for her Las Vegas show that made mention of how proud she was for her Academy Award nomination. In the end Dietrich was not nominated and not only was she crushed but she also wound up being extremely embarrassed as well.
Witness For The Prosecution is famous for its twists and turns and the ending to the movie is one of the biggest surprise endings in Hollywood history. Everyone should see Witness For The Prosecution to find out what that surprise ending is because there is no way you will find out that ending in this article!