June 2011


Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple and Edward Fox as Dermot Craddock

The Mirror Crack’d is a solid, unsurprising Christie adaptation, when all is said and done. Angela Lansbury’s sole turn as Miss Marple adapts perhaps the most Hollywood friendly Marple story, with its focus on performance, and a more cross-Atlantic cast than usual. (The old-timiness of Sleeping Murder or Nemesis were never going to attract Warner Bros.)

To be honest, aside from a few melodramatic touches in the denouement, there’s nothing to be said against this film. On the other hand, aside from two gripping scenes mentioned below, there’s very little here that attempts to stand out from the crowd.

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6. Endless Night (1967)

A pair of newlyweds, from vastly different class backgrounds, take up residence at their new estate – only to find that the past is coming back to haunt them…

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Film Review: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

with Albert Finney (Hercule Poirot), Lauren Bacall (Mrs. Hubbard), Martin Balsam (M. Bianchi), Ingrid Bergman (Greta), Jacqueline Bisset (Countess Andrenyi), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Pierre), Sean Connery (Colonel Arbuthnot), John Gielgud (Beddoes), Wendy Hiller (Princess Dragomiroff), Anthony Perkins (McQueen), Vanessa Redgrave (Mary Debenham), Rachel Roberts (Hildegarde Schmidt), Richard Widmark (Ratchett), Michael York (Count Andrenyi), Colin Blakely (Cyrus P. Hardman), Denis Quilley (Foscarelli)

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#7 - Death in the Clouds7. Death in the Clouds (1935)

Hercule Poirot #11

On a flight from Paris, the close confines lead to murder, and a true challenge for Hercule Poirot.

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Welcome back, for the fourth of my five posts reviewing the entire Sherlock Holmes canon by Arthur Conan Doyle. We’ve covered the bad, the average, and the satisfying. Today, we’ll take a look at a very good entry in the set: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

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#8 - Cards on the Table8. Cards on the Table (1936)

Hercule Poirot #14

In one room: Poirot and his friends play bridge. In the other: Mr. Shaitana and his exhibits play murder.

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Welcome back, as we continue reviewing the ITV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. (For previous posts, see: series 1 – 6, series 7 – 8, series 9). Read on …

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