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Witness for the Prosecution
They Became Movies
"This quiz is about Agatha Christie's work 'Witness for the Prosecution' - the short story, the play, the film and the made-for-TV movie. I promise not to give away the ending or any of the plot twists. "
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'Witness for the Prosecution' first appeared in 1933 as a short story in which book?
The Tuesday Club Murders
The Hound of Death
The Mousetrap and Other Stories
Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
Agatha Christie adapted the short story as a play which opened in London on October 28th, 1953 (although the first performance had actually been in Nottingham a month earlier). Which of the following comments did Agatha Christie make about the stage production?
Agatha Christie made all of these comments
"It was one of my plays that I liked best myself."
"I can safely say that that was the only first night I have enjoyed."
"I didn't want to write it. I was terrified of writing it."
Which major character appeared in the play but not in the original short story?
Sir Wilfred Robarts, QC
All of these choices are correct
Mr Mayhew, the solicitor
Carter, Sir Wilfred's Chief Clerk
Who was the 'witness for the prosecution'?
In 1957, 'Witness for the Prosecution' was made into a movie. Marlene Dietrich played the title role. What was her character's name in the movie?
The 1957 movie starred Charles Laughton as an aging barrister recovering from a heart attack. Against his doctor's advice, he decides to take on one last case. His bossy nurse, Miss Plimsoll, was played by Elsa Lanchester. What was the relationship between Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester during the making of the movie?
They were husband and wife
They were having an affair
They were brother and sister
They were merely colleagues
'Witness for the Prosecution', 1957, was nominated for six Academy Awards. How many did it win?
For one of the major stars, 1957's 'Witness for the Prosecution' was to be the last film he completed before he died of a heart attack less than a year later. Which star?
Which major female character appeared in the 1957 movie but did not appear in the original short story or play?
The mysterious Mrs Mogson
Greta, Sir Wilfred's typist
Miss Plimsoll, Sir Wilfred's nurse
Janet Mackenzie, the housekeeper
'Witness for the Prosecution' was re-made as a TV-movie in 1982. By whom was the central character of Leonard Vole played?
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