Notes on the Movie
The movie was shot in 1957, during the summer. It turned out to be the last movie that Ty completed. He died just over a year later, while filming the movie Solomon and Sheba.
The Story ... Just briefly
Sir Wilfried Robarts (Charles Laughton) is a brilliant defense attorney who is recovering from a heart attack. His resolve to rest is shattered, though, when he is presented with an intriguing case of murder. Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is an amiable man who is accused of murdering a middle-aged widow with whom he had been spending time. Circumstances surrounding the murder make Vole look very much like the killer, yet Robarts is convinced of his innocence. Christine Helm (Marlene Dietrich), Vole's wife, visits the attorney and tells him that she doesn't believe her husband is innocent, but she will testify on his behalf, giving him an alibi. Though Christine's attitude puzzles Robarts, he still believes that Vole is innocent and takes on the case. There are some twists and turns in this exceptional courtroom drama that should not be revealed, for the benefit of those who might want to see the film for the first time.
Comments from the critics
The Nation - "It is a great credit to Tyrone Power that he holds his own in the comparatively inactive role of defendant before the bar and occasion for all the histrionics."