The Witness for the Prosecution : Ending

Ending

I have never read the original short story, but the ending of this bore no resemblance to the stage play or the film.

Let Zygons Be Zygons.

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Auntie knows best.


You're my wife now.

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I was quite pleased that they were going to make changes to the original story. Only watched the movie a few weeks ago and did not want a carbon copy.

It's that man again!!

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Then you don't want Witness for the Prosecution--you want some other story.

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When after the trial Mayhew was supervising the clearance of Emily's house, he came across the body of the cat in the pond, which made him instantly and conclusively believe that the housekeeper had done the murder. (Or so it would appear.) I can't follow the logic of this (if indeed there is much.) What motive did Janet have for killing the cat: presumably her revulsion at it licking its paws stained with with Emily's blood, but how did that make her the apparent murderess?

Help me out!

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I think it was meant to suggest that she was not averse to killing.

I'm the clever one; you're the potato one.

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'I have never read the original short story, but the ending of this bore no resemblance to the stage play or the film. '

The basics of the BBC's ending are in Christie's short story. Christie was unhappy that Vole gets away with murder and rewrote it for the play.

It's that man again!!

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He didn't in the 1982 TV version, available on Youtube and inferior to the 2016 one.

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I think the spirit of it is the same. Nothing is as it seems, just because Leonard being innocent suited Mayhew, he chose to believe it. And Leonard does seem to get away with it, but there is a suggestion that his good fortune won't last if he becomes tiresome to Romaine. I particularly liked the plot thread about Mayhew's zombie marriage, his wife going through the motions but unable to forgive him. In her eyes he is just as much of a monster as the worst kind of murderer, his vindictiveness toward the Housekeeper shows his vicious side.
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