History Film / WitnessForTheProsecution

21st Jan '18 3:28:38 PM LongTallShorty64
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The film version was directed by Creator/BillyWilder and starred Tyrone Power as Leonard, Creator/MarleneDietrich as Christine and Creator/CharlesLaughton as Sir Wilfrid. Tyrone Power's last film, as he suffered a fatal heart attack on the set of his next production, ''Film/SolomonAndSheba''.

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The film version was directed by Creator/BillyWilder and starred Tyrone Power Creator/TyronePower as Leonard, Creator/MarleneDietrich as Christine and Creator/CharlesLaughton as Sir Wilfrid. Tyrone Power's last film, as he suffered a fatal heart attack on the set of his next production, ''Film/SolomonAndSheba''.
9th Sep '17 1:06:56 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* AnnoyingPatient: Sir Wilfrid, who screams at Mrs. Plimsoll and sabotages her treatment. (Granted, she does get rather twee, but she's also trying to avert another heart attack.)

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* AnnoyingPatient: Sir Wilfrid, who screams at Mrs. Plimsoll and sabotages her treatment. (Granted, she does get rather twee, but she's also trying to avert another heart attack.)) She notes this difficult behavior is exactly when he was discharged from the hospital -- they got fed up with it.
9th Sep '17 12:58:26 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* AmoralAttorney: Averted. Mr. Meyers, the prosecuting attorney, is actually a very polite and civil man. He's just doing his job.

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* AmoralAttorney: Averted. Mr. Meyers, Both the prosecuting attorney, is actually a very polite prosecution and civil man. He's the defense are just doing his job.their jobs and try to win their case through honest methods.
1st Sep '17 2:01:29 PM jamespolk
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* AdaptationalKarma: The short story ends with [[spoiler: Christine admitting to Leonard's solicitor that she deliberately got caught committing perjury to get Leonard, who she knew was guilty, acquitted]]. The film continues to show [[spoiler: Leonard leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and Christine stabbing him in rage as a consequence.]]

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* AdaptationalKarma: The short story ends with [[spoiler: Christine admitting to Leonard's solicitor that she deliberately got caught committing perjury to get Leonard, who she knew was guilty, acquitted]]. acquitted. The film continues to show [[spoiler: Leonard leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and Christine stabbing him in rage as a consequence.]]
30th Aug '17 7:19:27 PM NOYB
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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war (John helped their son pretend to be old enough to serve so they could go off to war together as John wanted) - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]

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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war (John helped their son pretend wanted to be old enough to serve so they could go off to war together as with his son, and they did, with John wanted) falsifying the latter's age) - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]
30th Aug '17 7:16:47 PM NOYB
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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war (John helped their son pretend to be old enough to serve so they could go off to war together) - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]

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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war (John helped their son pretend to be old enough to serve so they could go off to war together) together as John wanted) - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]
30th Aug '17 7:14:06 PM NOYB
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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]

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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war (John helped their son pretend to be old enough to serve so they could go off to war together) - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]
30th Aug '17 7:12:28 PM NOYB
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* MythologyGag: The fellow actress whom Romaine replaced [[spoiler:and impersonated]] is named Christine, which is what Romaine's character was renamed to in other adaptations.



* TruerToTheText: To a significant extent, being based on the original Christie short story as opposed to the 1957 film, which was based on the play. [[spoiler: This adaptation, most notably, retains the original ending - Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's money, and is free to live a life of luxury with Romaine. Also, the character names are identical or close to what they were in the original story, as opposed to the film. This adaptation is also set in the 1920's, the period when the original story was published, as opposed to the film which had a SettingUpdate to the 1950's]].

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* TruerToTheText: To a significant extent, being based on the original Christie short story as opposed to the 1957 film, which was based on the play. [[spoiler: This adaptation, most notably, retains the original ending - Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's money, and is free to live a life of luxury with Romaine. Also, the character names are identical or close to what they were in the original story, as opposed to the film. This adaptation is also set in the 1920's, 1920s, the period when the original story was published, as opposed to the film which had a SettingUpdate to the 1950's]].1950s]].
11th Jun '17 7:25:48 AM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy: Sir Wilfrid suspects ''something'' is too good to be true about the DeusExMachina delivery of surprise evidence to him after Christine's testimony, though he doesn't actually solve the puzzle.
19th Mar '17 11:07:17 PM NightShade96
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* WhamShot: The reveal of [[spoiler: Leonard's new wife: it's Romaine]].
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