Witness For the Prosecution | 1982
With its high-powered cast, this remake of Billy Wilder's 1957 screen classic offers Ralph Richardson in his final TV role, as the shrewd but ill-tempered defense counsel, and Deborah Kerr in her first, as the garrulous nurse with the thankless task of seeing to his well-being. The ubiquitous John Gay wrote the newest adaptation of the Agatha Christie drama, basing it on the Wilder-Harry Kurnitz screenplay. Originally written as a short story in the late '40s, it first was done on TV in Great Britain in 1951 and then in the U.S. two years later on "Lux Video Theater" with Edward G. Robinson making his TV acting debut. Subsequently, it became a theatrical hit on London's West End and then came to Broadway where it won the Drama Critics Award in 1955. An Emmy Award nomination went to Arthur Ibbetson for his photography.