Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
This is another great courtroom drama from the 1950’s. It was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Tyrone Powers, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton.
The movie is about Leonard Vole, a man arrested on the suspicion that he killed an elderly acquaintance. He hires a tough older barrister to be his defense lawyer. The drama that unfolds after this is marvelous and I won’t spoil a thing. I love how a courtroom can capture the human drama so perfectly. Especially high stakes cases where life and death, poverty and wealth, and a wide arrange of ethical dilemmas. These movies didn’t run from them, but rather addressed them head on in an intelligent and civil manner. I wish we could do this more often today.