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When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits—but the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult.

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Directed by

Billy Wilder

Written by

Billy Wilder (Screenplay)
Harry Kurnitz (Screenplay)
Agatha Christie (Novel)
Lawrence B. Marcus (Adaptation)
Noël Coward (Dialogue)

Runtime

116 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

The most electrifying entertainment of our time!

Cast

Keywords

murder trial nurse german murder mystery cigarette smoking lawyer widow alibi letter courtroom tiki culture

Photos

Lists

#65 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Picture Arthur Hornblow Jr.

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role Charles Laughton

Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Elsa Lanchester

Oscar nomination for Best Director Billy Wilder