As part of our Agatha Christie celebration this month, the library will be showing a series of movies based on her stories. The first film, directed by Billy Wilder, stars Charles Laughton as fabled British barrister Sir Wilfred Robards. Having just recovered from a heart attack, he has been ordered by his doctor to give up everything he holds dear – brandy, cigars and especially courtroom cases. Robards’ already shaky resolve to follow doctor’s orders flies out the window when he takes up the defense of a man (Tyrone Power) who is accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to secure his inheritance. The defendant’s mysterious wife (Marlene Dietrich) stuns the courtroom by giving damaging testimony against her husband. The web of intrigue is finally unwoven in a shocking, chilling conclusion.