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Remains to Be Seen

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125701
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0011
Remains to Be Seen

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Witness for the Prosecution began its artistic life as a short story that Agatha Christie published in 1933 in Britain in a volume titled The Hound of Death. The story was published in the United States in 1948 in the collection Witness for the Prosecution. When the story turned into a play, it was a smash hit, running for 646 performances; it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for best foreign play. Independent producer Edward Small purchased the screen rights for this story at a high price. Small hired Billy Wilder to cowrite the screenplay and direct the picture. Wilder was interested in filming a Christie mystery because he had read her work over the years. Witness for the Prosecution resembles Double Indemnity in that it possesses the fascination of a hair-raising tale told by the tabloids.

Keywords: Witness for the Prosecution; Billy Wilder; Agatha Christie; Edward Small; Double Indemnity

Chapter.  6239 words. 

Subjects: Film

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