9 thoughts on “A New Witness for the Prosecution

  1. I remember watching it and comparing it to its two previous incarnations – Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton & Elsa Lancaster in one & the other Dame Diana Rigg & Sir Ralph Richardson & Beau Bridges.
    I compared it poorly for acting but costumes in this one were better but will re-watch to see if it will change

  2. I recently saw the older version with Charles Laughton and was just totally blown away by the story. I haven’t seen this version yet (though I want to), but I can’t imagine it would be better than the original. But I’m sure this version excels in the costume department

  3. I found the ending interesting and thought the screenwriter and put their own spin on it but it turns out that this ending was actually what Christie had originally intended.

    1. This production actually goes back to Christie’s original short story, which she reworked into the play. The play ultimately became the 1957 movie and was also redone for television in the ’80s with Diana Rigg in the Dietrich role. Christie loved the Laughton version, even with its addition of the comic relationship between Laughton and Elsa Lanchester, which was not in her play.

      Plot and characters in the original story differ greatly from the later play and film versions.

  4. I had vague mnemories of the plot, but I enjoyed this evrsion a lot anyway, bot fot the acting and the costumes.

  5. Evening gloves in the 1920’s would have been kid leather (or another soft-textured leather) for most occasions (white only for formal wear; colors and black would be OK for semiformal or informal), or satin, silk or other such fabric for less formal outings. So the gloves Kim Cattrall is wearing in that image are probably accurate, if she weren’t going to a white-tie ball or some such thing.

    By the way, do you also think that it’s curious how seldom women wear gloves in actual photographs from the period of evening fashions, even though we know that they were pretty much mandatory accessories?

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