Classic film series in Barrington


Librarian and film enthusiast Doug Swiszcz continues his film lecture series The Scales of Justice: Classic Courtroom Dramas. On September 20, "Witness for the Prosecution" will be shown. Director Billy Wilder’s 1957 screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel and stage play received multiple Academy Award nominations. Charles Laughton plays a London barrister who, despite precarious health, takes on the case of a philandering husband (Tyrone Power) accused of murdering a wealthy, older woman. Marlene Dietrich plays Powers’ wife, who is the only one who can provide him with an alibi. Heads turn and jaws drop when she is called to be a witness for the prosecution. The black & white film runs for 116 minutes and is unrated.

WHERE: Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington
WHEN: Wednesdays, Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4; 1:30 p.m. 
COST: Free
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