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Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Witness for the Prosecution"(1957)
You Tube ^ | 1957 | Billy Wilder

Posted on 01/12/2014 11:48:48 AM PST by ReformationFan



TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 1957; agathachristie; billywilder; courtroomdrama; for; marlenedietrich; mfasa; mystery; prosecution; the; tyronepower; wftp; witness
Today's feature is my favorite courtroom drama. It's all my favorite film featuring any of the top 3 stars(Power, Dietrich, Laughton) and my favorite Agatha Christie story. A true cinema classic that's best to know nothing about prior to watching it for the first time. Enjoy.
1 posted on 01/12/2014 11:48:48 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan; RansomOttawa; Silentgypsy

ping


2 posted on 01/12/2014 11:52:53 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Great movie, but I know it by heart.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 11:54:20 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

It’s definitely a good one to know by heart. Do they even write such intelligent movies anymore?


4 posted on 01/12/2014 11:55:21 AM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

It’s currently streaming on-demand if you are a Netflix subscriber.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 11:59:29 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: ReformationFan

No good writers left. Hollywood ran out of stellar stars as well.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 12:17:39 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: ReformationFan

Fantastic movie. When VCRs first came out, I rented this because I didn’t have a color TV at the time.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 12:31:17 PM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: ReformationFan

Spanish subtitles I cannot turn off??


8 posted on 01/12/2014 12:32:33 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

If I knew you talked so much I wouldn’t have come out of my coma.

lolz


9 posted on 01/12/2014 12:39:27 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

I LOVE this movie!


10 posted on 01/12/2014 1:15:59 PM PST by left that other site
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To: GeronL
No subtitles and in English:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MORRoFgOeHk

Great movie!
11 posted on 01/12/2014 1:20:11 PM PST by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: left that other site

One of my top five.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 1:22:19 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I love the twist at the end.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 1:27:33 PM PST by left that other site
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To: HoneysuckleTN

I am already over 17 minutes in, too late to start over now. lol


14 posted on 01/12/2014 1:32:27 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

intelligent movies are usually not made because today they make films for the lowest common denominator


15 posted on 01/12/2014 1:44:37 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Portuguese.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 2:01:10 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: GeronL

Let us know what you think of it after you finished.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 2:01:33 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: HoneysuckleTN

Thanks. Did not find that other link for it. Subtitles don’t bother me.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 2:02:48 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Thanks! I’ll have to check this one out. I like Christie, but haven’t seen this movie, nor read the story it’s based on.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 2:05:31 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: GeronL

If you’re watching on your computer, you can hover over the time thingy, find the minute mark where you left off, and start it up there without having to watch the beginning again.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 2:13:06 PM PST by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: HoneysuckleTN

I know, I was just messing around. :p


21 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:13 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

You’re welcome. I had watched this a few weeks ago on YouTube without subtitles, so I knew it was there.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:38 PM PST by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: RansomOttawa

Wow, you’re in for a treat!


23 posted on 01/12/2014 2:16:37 PM PST by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: HoneysuckleTN

the original link had better quality though, besides the subtitles...


24 posted on 01/12/2014 2:17:04 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Ok, gotcha. :)


25 posted on 01/12/2014 2:17:21 PM PST by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: GeronL

Oh, yeah, it is sharper. Didn’t realize how fuzzy the other one was till you pointed it out. :P


26 posted on 01/12/2014 2:21:15 PM PST by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO! || Palin 2016)
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To: HoneysuckleTN

my eyesight is dull enough, doesn’t need the help


27 posted on 01/12/2014 2:24:08 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan
Portuguese.

Thanks for the correction

28 posted on 01/12/2014 2:53:08 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

The wee small Scottish housekeeper with a temper is amusing


29 posted on 01/12/2014 3:31:36 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

“’Ello Ducky!’’


30 posted on 01/12/2014 3:34:45 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: jmacusa

The average annual salary in 1955 was 729 pounds, so 80,000 was quite a nice sum


31 posted on 01/12/2014 3:38:57 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan

Thank you! I look forward to these movies!


32 posted on 01/12/2014 3:48:16 PM PST by Silentgypsy (Well, let me tell you about what low gravity does)
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To: GeronL

80k is still a chunk of change no matter the year.


33 posted on 01/12/2014 3:49:29 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: ReformationFan

I really liked this movie. One of the tightest and yet enjoyable scripts I’ve seen.

I’ll be watching more of these old movies.


34 posted on 01/12/2014 5:00:47 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Good. I’m always glad if one of the films I post links to results in someone seeing it for the first time and enjoying it.

SPOILER(Did you figure out that Marlene Dietrich was planning the brunette cockney wench with the scar before they revealed it?)


35 posted on 01/12/2014 5:19:14 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

No, I did not, I slightly suspected it for a but pushed the thought aside.


36 posted on 01/12/2014 5:31:36 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ReformationFan
Bump for later

FMCDH(BITS)

37 posted on 01/12/2014 6:10:36 PM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: GeronL

When I first saw it, I think I either figured out that or was at least suspicious that Dietrich was playing both parts but that the film would never reveal for sure. I thought they would end it with us wondering if they were both the same woman but never make it clear.


38 posted on 01/12/2014 6:36:51 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

That would be an interesting ending too


39 posted on 01/12/2014 6:40:02 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Trivia: according to imdb, for her dual role Dietrich was sure she would win an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for this movie but didn’t.


40 posted on 01/12/2014 6:43:50 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Really? Was it tough competition that year?


41 posted on 01/12/2014 7:25:45 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Not real sure. Joanne Woodward won for “The 3 Faces of Eve”(a film I have not seen yet.)


42 posted on 01/12/2014 7:55:11 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Good movie - Charles Laughton is super - great twist at the end....


43 posted on 01/12/2014 9:36:10 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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Wow, you’re in for a treat!

Suffice it to say, I was not disappointed!

Thanks for the recommendation!

44 posted on 01/13/2014 7:33:10 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: GeronL
No, I did not, I slightly suspected it for a but pushed the thought aside.

Afterward, I went back and watched the scene in the station with the brunette a second time. Even knowing who it was, I still didn't recognize her. The ending was very well done.

45 posted on 01/13/2014 7:34:59 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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