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Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ...

Leonard Vole

Marlene Dietrich ...


Charles Laughton ...

Sir Wilfrid Roberts

Elsa Lanchester ...

Miss Plimsoll

John Williams ...


Henry Daniell ...


Ian Wolfe ...


Torin Thatcher ...

Mr. Myers

Norma Varden ...

Mrs. Emily Jane French

Una O'Connor ...

Janet MacKenzie

Francis Compton Francis Compton ...


Philip Tonge Philip Tonge ...

Inspector Hearne

Ruta Lee ...


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It's Britain, 1953. Upon his return to work following a heart attack, irrepressible barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts, known as a barrister for the hopeless, takes on a murder case, much to the exasperation of his medical team, led by his overly regulated private nurse, Miss Plimsoll, who tries her hardest to ensure that he not return to his hard living ways - including excessive cigar smoking and drinking - while he takes his medication and gets his much needed rest. That case is defending American war veteran Leonard Vole, a poor, out of work, struggling inventor who is accused of murdering his fifty-six year old lonely and wealthy widowed acquaintance, Emily French. The initial evidence is circumstantial but points to Leonard as the murderer. Despite being happily married to East German former beer hall performer Christine Vole, he fostered that friendship with Mrs. French in the hopes that she would finance one of his many inventions to the tune of a few hundred pounds. It thus does ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

alibi | trial | lawyer | courtroom drama | defense attorney | See All (73) »


It's climaxed by the 10 breath-stopping minutes you ever lived! Don't reveal the ending-please! See more »


Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller


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English | German

Release Date:

6 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Свидетель обвинения See more »

Filming Locations:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Box Office


,000,000 (estimated) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »

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Technical Specs


116 min

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Marlene Dietrich and Billy Wilder enjoyed a long-running mutual admiration society. She praised him repeatedly as both an artist and a human being, calling him the kindest, sweetest man she had ever known. And he once said of her, "If we had to invent someone to be the ideal woman...we would have to invent Dietrich." She threw herself into the part with gritty determination, approaching it, Wilder said, "as if she thought her career depended on it. See more »


On the witness stand, Janet McKenzie refers to October 8 as being one week to the day before October 14 (the night of the murder). It's only six days earlier. See more »


Miss Plimsoll: I shall have a very serious talk with Doctor Harrison. It was a mistake to let you come back here. I shall take you directly to a rest home or resort. Some place quiet, far off, like Bermuda.
Sir Wilfrid: Shut up. You just want to see me in those nasty shorts.
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Crazy Credits

Before the film begins, a message appears onscreen saying that to avoid ruining the effect of the surprise ending, patrons should not take their seats during the last few minutes of the movie. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 1 December 1957 (1957) See more »


I May Never Go Home Anymore
Music by Ralph Arthur Roberts
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
Reprised a cappella by Tyrone Power (uncredited)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is 'Witness for the Prosecution' about?

Q: How does the movie end?

Q: What was Sir Wilfrid trying to do with his monocle?

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