The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library hosts a weekly series of films in Room 208 of the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. The Friday night movies are screened at 7 p.m. For August, the theme is Courtroom Drama.

The month’s series will continue Aug. 12 with “Witness for the Prosecution.” Based on an Agatha Christie play, this Oscar-nominated mystery directed and co-written by Billy Wilder concerns an esteemed and aging lawyer played by Charles Laughton. On the eve of retiring, he takes on the defense of an alleged murderer (Tyrone Power, in his final film performance) accused of killing a wealthy widow. Things get complicated when the accused’s only alibi, his wife (Marlene Dietrich), decides to testify for the prosecution.

The nonrated “Witness for the Prosecution” was filmed in 1957 and runs 116 minutes. Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 19, “The Incident”; and Aug. 26, “12 Angry Men.”

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The Academy building is handicap accessible by the elevator off the rear parking lot. The Hallway Books bookshop will be open on the first floor before the movie. For more information, call 354-2453.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to